_91375067_img_3329Catholic priest Fr Edward O’Donnell has been installed as an ecumenical canon at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

He is one of three ecumenical canons appointed at the cathedral.

In his role at St Anne’s he can preach, lead prayers and read scripture. He can also assist at the cathedral’s traditional Black Santa Christmas collection for charity.

It is the first time in St Anne’s history that a Catholic priest has been appointed to such a role.  

Fr O’Donnell, the parish priest of St Brigid’s in Belfast, will serve alongside the clergy in the cathedral.

A group of protestors carrying posters saying “no Popery” staged a peaceful demonstration outside the cathedral during his installation service on Sunday afternoon.

The Belfast priest is one of the cathedral’s three ecumenical canons, each from a different Christian church.

Ecumenical canons are elected by churches wanting to acknowledge a fellowship with another church.

Fr O’Donnell’s appointment was announced in July.

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