Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was born in Dublin on 8th April 1945. He attended schools in Dublin (Oblate School, Inchicore; De La Salle School, Ballyfermot; Marian College, Ballsbridge). He studied philosophy at University College Dublin and theology at the Dublin Diocesan Seminary (Holy Cross College, Clonliffe). He was ordained priest on 25th May 1969. He later pursued higher studies in moral theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. In 1973-74 he was Curate at the Parish of St Brigid in Cabinteely. In 1975 he was responsible for the pastoral care of Dublin pilgrims during the Holy Year in Rome. n March 2001 he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio and undertook responsibilities as Permanent Observer of the Holy See in Geneva, at the United Nations Office and Specialised Agencies and at the World Trade Organisation. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Dublin on May 3rd 2003. He succeeded Cardinal Desmond Connell as Archbishop of Dublin on 26 April 2004. He is co-moderator of the Joint Working Group for Relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches In Dublin, with his encouragement, the Roman Catholic Church became a full member of the Dublin Council of Churches, a gathering of Christian Churches in the capital first established in 1964.
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