Fr Ciprian Matei, from the Archdiocese of Bucharest, Romania, is to become Curate (CC) in Portlaoise parish.
"Men and women of violence betray the deep desire of humanity the world over for a future of peace."
“I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished, and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.”
St Vaz Pope Francis said, “shows us the importance of transcending religious divisions in the service of peace."
Pontiff calls on Sri Lankans “to accept one another, to respect legitimate diversities, and learn to live as one family.”
The first stop on his two-nation journey is Sri Lanka where it is hoped the Pope’s visit will help spur reconciliation efforts after the country's 30-year civil war.