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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, 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 bishops in Ireland followed 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".Even though Christchurch has been in possession of the Anglican church for nearly five hundred years, it is still viewed by the Roman Catholic Church as the primary official Dublin cathedral, since it was so designated by the pope at the request of the then Archbishop of Dublin, St Laurence O'Toole in the 12th century. Unless the pope either formally revokes Christchurch's designation or grants cathedral status to another church, the main Roman Catholic church in Dublin will continue to be designated a "pro-cathedral" (meaning in effect acting cathedral), a title officially given to St Mary's Church in 1886, though it used that title unofficially since the 1820s.
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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 »
  • Unfortunately, we came just to the fair and could stop only briefly in the Church us. It held devotions to Padre Pio. But otherwise, the Church is worth a visit. You conveniently located in a side street of O'Connell of O'Connell Street.
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  • Beautiful church. Most of the people in attendance were tourists. Mass lasted for about 50 minutes. Homily was good.
  • Something very old Dublin about the place. As a Dubliner I live getting mass there
  • have just joined in the holy mass excellent service thanks.
  • Beautiful location