Cardinal Sean Brady has confirmed that he offered his resignation as Archbishop of Armagh to Pope Francis last month.
In a statement Cardinal Brady said the offer was made to the pope in anticipation of his 75th birthday which occurred on Saturday.
The statement confirms reports last week that the Cardinal had written to the head of the Catholic Church indicating he would step down.
It’s believed the Pope will accept Cardinal Brady’s resignation despite often deciding to allow diocesan bishops to continue in their roles beyond the age of 75.
“I look forward to the day when my resignation will be accepted and when Archbishop Eamon will take over as Archbishop, a position for which, I believe, he is excellently prepared,” he said.
Dr Brady said that as soon as Pope Francis accepts his resignation Archbishop Eamon, who was appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh in 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI will become Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.
“Archbishop Eamon has been warmly welcomed into the diocese. He has worked tirelessly in getting to know its priests, religious and lay faithful, as well as by becoming involved in every aspect of the life of the Church in Armagh and beyond,” the statement read.
Cardinal Brady was ordained a priest 50 years ago in 1964.