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The former bishop of Raphoe has been appointed as the administrator of the dioceses of Dromore

Bishop Philip Boyce's appointment follows the resignation of Bishop John McAreavey

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New  Bishop of Raphoe announcement due in the morning

Bishop Philip Boyce.

The former bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce has been appointed as the administrator of the dioceses of Dromore.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop John McAreavey as Bishop of Dromore and has appointed Bishop Philip Boyce as the Apostolic Administrator.

Bishop McAreavey announced his resignation on March 1st following revelations on a BBC Spotlight programme about child sexual abuse allegations involving a former parish priest, the late Fr Malachy Finnegan.

Dromore diocese includes parishes in Antrim, Armagh and Down.

Bishop Boyce retired as Bishop of Raphoe last June and was replaced by Bishop  Alan McGuckian.

An Apostolic Administrator is appointed to temporarily govern a diocese in special or serious circumstances.

Bishop Boyce will take up the role on Thursday.

He was born in Downings, Co Donegal on the 25 January 1940 and educated at Derryhassen school in Meevagh (Downings) parish and at Castlremartyr College, Co Cork.

He joined the novitiate of the Discalced Carmelites in Loughrea, Co Galway, making his first profession in 1959.  Having completed philosophical studies in Dublin, he studied theology at the Teresianum in Rome, where he was ordained on the 17 April 1966.  He received a doctorate in theology (DD) in 1977 with a dissertation on the spirituality of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Bishop Philip Boyce was Bishop Boyce was ordained Bishop of Raphoe in 1995.