I wish to extend warm congratulations and very best wishes to Monsignor Eamon Martin on his appointment as coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.
During my ten years as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe I have enjoyed working with him as a colleague, initially as Principal of St Columb's College and more recently in his role as Administrator of the Diocese of Derry.
The archbishop elect is a man of spiritual depth, of humility and of vision. He works well with other church leaders and this co-operation has been particularly evident in our shared planning for the City of Culture Churches' Bible Initiative, which will be launched on Monday.
I will be sorry to see Monsignor Martin move away from his native city, and will miss his friendship. He will continue to be in my prayers.