"This is a great personal honour for Msgr. Michael as it is for his family and the Diocese of Cloyne," said Bishop William Crean, wishing his colleague well in Ougadougou.
“Now is the time for us, people and clergy together, to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in order to shape a Church fit for purpose in the 21st century.”
Catholic family support groups in dioceses and parishes might not only assist with marriage preparation, but also with supporting couples immediately following marriage.
Thousands of pilgrims expected to attend two-day celebration of faith in Knock which will also be attended by the Primate of All Ireland and the Papal Nuncio.