Archbishop Charles Brown, the new Papal Nuncio to Ireland, drove himself to the Kildare and Leighlin Diocesan Eucharistic Congress in Carlow town, Co Carlow, on Saturday.

He had no entourage and made a low-key entrance to the Cathedral of the Assumption, where he attended prayer services, workshops, and concelebrated Mass.

He did not leave until late on Saturday evening and spent the day meeting Catholics from the diocese.

The laid-back approach of the Papal Nuncio surprised onlookers who said it reflected a “new departure” for the Catholic Church.

At last we have a humble shepherd to lead the flock by example and we pray that his example may be followed by other leaders in the Church.