Archbishop Sean Brady is set to receive a hero's welcome when returning to Armagh after his inauguration as a Cardinal by the Pope.
Archbishop Brady will receive his Cardinal's red biretta from the Pope on Saturday at a ceremony in St Peter's Square, and on Sunday he will get his Cardinal's ring.
When he returns from Rome on November 29 the Cardinal will board an open top bus which will tour the city before arriving at St Patrick's Cathedral for a special Mass. Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for his return. At St Patrick's Cathedral he will deliver his first address as Cardinal Primate Archbishop.
Before Mass he is expected to visit St Peter's Church in Drogheda, Ardee, Dundalk and Newtownhamilton, Keady and Ballymacnab.
The Catholic Primate is one of 13 new members to the College of Cardinals from four different continents. Archbishop Brady will be ninth to kneel before Pope Benedict XVI, who will also indicate to each individual the name of his new titular church in Rome. Archbishop Brady said: "This symbolises the special relationship between each Cardinal and the Bishop of Rome. At the moment we have no idea which titular church we will be assigned to, but we may be given some indication nearer the time."
The Saturday ceremony will last 90 minutes. In Armagh, Baron Georges Minne, former organist at St Patrick's Cathedral will play the Cathedral bells to coincide with the consistory.