Cathedral welcomes special guest

Cardinal Braz de Aviz arrived in Mullingar on Saturday evening (12 July 2014) to join Bishop Michael Smith in celebrating the vigil Mass.  The Cardinal, a native of Brazil, heads the Vatican department with responsibility for religious sisters, priests and brothers.  

Bishop Smith invited members of religious communities from the Diocese of Meath to attend the Mass. Cardinal Braz de Aviz thanked the religious sisters, brothers and priests for their dedicated service to the Church and their local communities.  The Cardinal asked the Cathedral parishioners to pray for the religious and to give witness to the joy that comes from faith and trust in Jesus Christ. 

During the Mass, 8 year old Eoin Meisonnave received his First Holy Communion.  Eoin’s faith preparation took place in his local parish in Dubai, where he lives with his parents Emer and Cyril.  The Cardinal spent some time chatting to Eoin and his family, telling them about his own First Communion Day …. as well as some animated discussions about Neymar and the Cardinal’s football team from his native Brazil! 

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