A former student of Summerhill College in Sligo has been given a top job in The Vatican.
Bishop Paul Tighe has been appointed secretary to the Council for Culture.
John Paul II founded the Pontifical Council of Culture in 1982 with the aim of establishing dialogue between the Church and various cultures, so that they could open themselves up to the Christian faith.
In 2007, Bishop Tighe moved from Dublin to The Vatican, when he was appointed secretary to the Council for Communications.
Born in 1958, Bishop Tighe graduted from UCD in 1979 with a degree in civil law.
He studied for the priesthood at Clonliffe in Dublin and the Irish College in Rome before his ordination in 1983.