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Pope Francis appoints new bishop for parts of Fermanagh and Tyrone


Fr Larry Duffy

Fr Larry Duffy

Fr Larry Duffy

Pope Francis has appointed a new Bishop of Clogher, who will have responsibility for parts of Fermanagh and Tyrone.

The appointment of Monsignor Larry Duffy was announced at midday on Saturday in the Vatican, with him taking up the position after serving in areas throughout the border regions and spending a four-year period volunteering in Kitui in Kenya.

Commenting on the appointment, Bishop Joseph Duffy, who served as Bishop of Clogher from 1979 to 2010, said: "As a former colleague of his, years ago in Enniskillen, and as his Bishop for many years, I have always been impressed by his natural wisdom, his keen sense of spiritual priorities, his marvellous sense of humour and humility and his courage in confronting problems. 

"He works easily with others and has no illusions about the pastoral challenges facing the Irish and universal Church today."

Bishop Duffy takes over from Bishop Liam MacDaid who retired in October 2016 on health grounds after serving in the role for six years.

Monsignor Joseph McGuinness had been serving as the administrator for the diocese in the interim.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Clogher takes in all of Co Monaghan, most of Fermanagh, and parts of Tyrone, Donegal, Lough and Cavan, serving a Catholic population of around 88,000.

Belfast Telegraph