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St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin

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St Mary's Church, known also as St Mary's Pro-Cathedral or simply the Pro-Cathedral, the Chapel in Marlborough Street, or the Pro, is a pro-cathedral and is the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.Status as "pro-cathedral"The city of Dublin possesses two cathedrals, but unusually, both belong to one church, the minority Church of Ireland, which up until 1871 had been the religion of establishment in Ireland. In contrast, the majority religion in Ireland, Roman Catholicism, has no cathedral in Ireland's capital city and has not had one since the Reformation, when the Church of Ireland was founded following Henry VIII's break from Rome. As the official church, the Church of Ireland took control of most church property, including the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (generally known as Christchurch) and St. Patrick's Cathedral. These two churches had long shared the role of cathedral of Dublin, controversially at first, then under an agreement of 1300, Pacis Compositio, which gave Christchurch formal precedence, including the right to enthrone the Archbishop and to hold his cross, mitre and ring after death, but with deceased Archbishops of Dublin to be buried alternately in each of the two cathedrals, unless they personally willed otherwise, and the two cathedrals to act as one, and "shared equally in their freedoms".
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  • Went here for sung Latin Mass yesterday. Beautiful full choir of around forty choiresters of all ages. A lovely smiley priest, we enjoyed it very much. A little piece of peace in a bustling world! Bea...  more »
  • In my opinion, it is the best cathedrals in all of Europe that represents the happy Heaven side of Christianity without terrifying the patrons with demonology. It breathes heaven and people are awed u...  more »
  • Lovely serene place to visit, like the dedication to Matt Talbot it's a pity the Cathedral isn't better sign posted as it his kind of hidden in the City Centre  more »
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  • Lovely space.
  • Lovely historical church in Dublin City Centre
  • Beautiful church. Most of the people in attendance were tourists. Mass lasted for about 50 minutes. Homily was good.
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  • Something very old Dublin about the place. As a Dubliner I live getting mass there