Bishop of Kerry welcomes appointment of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope

Bishop Bill Murphy has welcomed the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope. In a statement the Bishop of Kerry says he brings a remarkable intellect, a deep spirituality and experience of pastoral ministry to the position. As a renowned theologian The Bishop says he is very well qualified to meet the challenge facing the church in contemporary society. Bishop Murphy met Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome in 1999 and says he was impressed by his friendliness, simplicity and spirituality.