Archbishop Charles Brown, the American prelate who was appointed by Pope Francis as apostolic nuncio to Ireland in 2012, has received a new assignment as nuncio to Albania.
Archbishop Brown, who had worked with then-Cardinal Ratzinger in the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, represented the Holy See in
Ireland during a period of turmoil within the Church there.
He helped to
guide a transformation of the Irish hierarchy, being involved in the
appointment of 11 new bishops, and saw the reopening of Ireland’s
embassy to the Holy See in 2014 after a breakdown in diplomatic ties.
But he drew also angry criticism from radical priests, who objected to
the archbishop’s strong defense of traditional Church teaching.