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Leading Vatican official to bring Papal message to Scotland

A senior Vatican official will convey the Pope’s warmest greetings to Scotland’s Catholics when he visits Glasgow this weekend.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, (above) the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is in Scotland this week to deliver the prestigious ‘Cardinal Winning Lecture’ at Glasgow University and help launch the new St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic teacher education.

Pope Francis has asked Archbishop Müller to convey his ‘greetings to Catholic teachers and to those preparing them at Glasgow University and good wishes for the success of the St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic teacher education.’ The Pope has also asked the archbishop to ‘greet warmly all the Catholics of Scotland, especially the priests whom you will meet during your visit. Aware of recent challenges and of the crosses they have patiently borne.’

The archbishop, who heads the Vatican department charged with promoting and safeguarding Catholic doctrine, has a long standing relationship with Scotland and has visited many times. For ten years he was Bishop of Regensburg, which is twinned with Aberdeen, and has visited as the guest of both Bishops Conti and Moran on a number of occasions.

He will also visit a Catholic primary school, deliver a spiritual reflection to clergy at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell and celebrate Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow.

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