Cardinal’s hat to stay in Armagh…

Slugger hears from Will that after a long period of speculation, the Vatican has finally decided to make Archbishop Sean Brady a Cardinal. There had been speculation that Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin, might take the senior position ahead of Brady. Martin has had much closer connections to the Vatican in the past, and there is some speculation that he may return there in a few years time, and pick up a ‘red hat’ there. Ireland currently has two retired Cardinals: Cahal Daly and Martin’s predecessor in Dublin Desmond Connell.

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