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Church of Ireland enthrones new leader

The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke will be enthroned as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland today.

Dr Richard Clarke, far left.
Dr Richard Clarke, far left.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

A NEW LEADER of the Church of Ireland will be enthroned at a ceremony in Armagh later today.

The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke will be enthroned as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral at 3pm.

The service will be one of Choral Evensong, and an address by the new Archbishop will be given following his enthronement.

Dr Clarke, 63, has a strong record of in inter-Church an ecumenical initiatives, and is the president of the Irish Council of Churches. He was elected archbishop of Armagh in October after serving as Bishop of Meath and Kildare for 16 years.

In his new position, Clarke we will have to navigate new issues facing the Anglican church – including falling attendance, the ordination of gay clergy, and the appointment of female bishops.

Clarke has two adult children and survives his wife, Linda, who passed away in 2009.

BBC Radio Ulster will broadcast today’s ceremony.

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