Éamon Martin ordained Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh

Sunday 21 April 2013 22.32
Éamon Martin said the evidence given at Savita Halapanaavar's inquest has not diluted the Catholic Bishops' opposition to legislating for abortion
Éamon Martin said the evidence given at Savita Halapanaavar's inquest has not diluted the Catholic Bishops' opposition to legislating for abortion

Cardinal Seán Brady's successor-in-waiting as Primate of All Ireland has been ordained in Armagh.

Coadjutor Archbishop Éamon Martin, 52, urged Catholics to help renew the Church here by witnessing to Christ in what he called the new mission fields of media, culture, business and politics.

He said during the ceremony: "I feel a whole mixture of emotions about this new calling in my life - excitement, nervousness, a sense of my unworthiness and inadequacy."

Coadjutor Archbishop Martin continued: "but your prayers, good wishes and generosity have lifted me up. Since the announcement of my appointment in January, I’ve been simply overwhelmed by so many messages of encouragement."

The Derry-born former teacher who became Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh will act as an assistant to Cardinal Brady for at least another two years.

The newly-ordained Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Éamon Martin, has said the evidence given at Savita Halapanaavar's inquest has not diluted the Catholic Bishops' opposition to legislating for abortion.

Cardinal Seán Brady's successor-in-waiting reiterated the hierarchy's call for stronger Medical Council guidelines on the handling of such emergencies.