Priest in ecumenical breakthrough in Ireland

Ecumenical history has been made with the appointment for the first time of a Catholic priest as chair of the Dublin Council of Churches.

Fr Damian McNiece is the first Catholic priest to hold the position in the 50 year history of the DCC.

The Catholic Church only became a full member of the council six years ago, when it was invited to be such during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Before that, Protestant churches had objected.

The DCC encourages co-operation between Christian traditions in the city.

Members include patrons and representatives from the Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, the Religious Society of Friends , the Greek, Romanian, Antiochene and Indian Orthodox Churches, as well as the Salvation Army and Christian Aid.

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