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Retiring Archbishop Conti pays tribute to clergy and grandparents of Glasgow

Retiring Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow has paid tribute to the priests, deacons and grandparents of the archdiocese as he prepares to step down from the role.

First Minister Alex Salmond has led the tributes to the retiring archbishop who said it had been ‘a privilege’ to serve the archdiocese.

“I am keenly aware of the warm and effective cooperation of the priests of the Archdiocese, and since my ordaining the first fifteen, also of the permanent deacons,” Archbishop Emeritus Conti writes in a letter to parishes. “Religious sisters and brothers, clerical and lay, have over the years taught and nursed and prayed for us all, and I acknowledge their service also with immense gratitude.”

The archbishop emeritus also said he saw great strength in the Faith and love of the elderly for the following generations.

“I have been particularly impressed with the devotion of the elderly and the care given by grandparents to their children’s children,” he went on. “Their example is without doubt one of the surest signs of grace in the Church, and one of the most promising hopes for the future of the Archdiocese in these uncertain times, adding that throughout his ministry he had been sustained by Glasgow’s ‘affection, devotion’ and  ‘down to earth affection and humility.’

He urges Glasgow’s Catholics to ‘joyfully’ welcome his successor Archbishop-elect Tartaglia and to use the upcoming Year of Faith to rededicate themselves to ‘the Lord’s service.’

First Minister Alex Salmond said Archbishop Conti had been an ‘outstanding Archbishop of Glasgow.’

“He has served not only Glasgow but the north-east of Scotland with dedication and sincerity for many years, and so many of us are grateful to him for his service,” he said. “Archbishop Conti’s decade-long tenure can be no better marked than with the magnificent reconstruction of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow and its memorial garden. This is a great symbol of his archdiocese, and as a great supporter of culture as well as his Church I am sure that Mario Conti will continue to shape Scotland for the richer.”

Pic: Paul McSherry

 

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