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Cork bishops welcome election of new Pontiff

A Pope of hope CORK’S bishops and religious leaders today described the election of Pope Francis I as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘a time of hope’.

The Catholic Church’s surprising new leader from “the end of the earth,” Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first Pontiff from the New World, the first non-European since the Middle Ages, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit and the first named Francis, after St Francis of Assisi. The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires celebrated his first


Mass in the Sistine Chapel as Pope today ahead of his inaugural Mass next Tuesday in the Vatican, which will be attended by President Michael D Higgins and Minister Michael Noonan. Bishop of Cork and Ross Dr John Buckley said he was most impressed by the new Pope’s words after his election last night. “I was impressed with the way he invited people to pray for him and pray with him and then led the crowd in prayer,” said the bishop.

“He is a man of simplicity and humility. I pray that the Pontificate of Francis will be a long and happy one and that he will succeed in bringing the people close to god.” Bishop of Cloyne William Crean, who took over the diocese in January, said: “On behalf of the priests and the people of Cloyne, I warmly welcome the election of Pope Francis. As the first Latin American Pope, he is already breaking new ground. We look forward with ● Continued on page four.

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Election of new Pope welcomed by Cork bishops and religious.

Seven arrested as gardaí probe fraudulent motor claims SEVEN people were released overnight following their arrests yesterday morning in relation to fraudulent motor insurance injury claims. The seven, four women and three men, were detained yesterday morning as part of a garda investigation called Operation Nascar. Two of the arrests took place in the Midlands while the remaining five took place in the north Cork garda division. 14.03.13 They are part of an ongoing investigation into suspected Recommended organised fraudulent motor retail price insurance injury claims. €1.50 Gardaí in Anglesea Street made the

By DEIRDRE O’REILLY arrests under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. One male was released without charge yesterday afternoon and the remaining six were further questioned and released overnight, also without charge. A garda spokesman said: “These detentions are phase two of an ongoing garda investigation and the arrests were made as part of a coordinated strategy by the gardaí. Previous arrests were made last month in Limerick and Cork.” A file on the matter is now to be sent to the DPP.

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