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Senior Vatican cardinal to ordain new Scottish archbishop

Cardinal James Michael Harvey, Archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St Paul-outside-the Walls, was announced today as the principal consecrator of Archbishop-elect Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh

The archbishop-elect of St Andrews and Edinburgh today revealed the names of the senior Catholic clergymen who will be the traditional three principal consecrators at his Episcopal ordination for St Andrews and Edinburgh next month.

Cardinal James Michael Harvey (above), Archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St Paul-outside-the Walls, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic nuncio to Great Britain, and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow will preside over the ordination of Mgr Leo Cushley, the former head of the English-language section of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, on September 21 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.

US Cardinal Harvey, Mgr Cushley’s first superior in the Secretariat of State, will be the principal consecrator and principal celebrant of the Mass of Episcopal Ordination/Consecration.

Archbishop Tartaglia was named as Apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh when Cardinal Keith O’Brien retired in the spring.

Motherwell priest Mgr Cushley (below), who last met with Pope Francis earlier this month, said the Holy Father has ‘promised willingly to pray for all of us’ in St Andrews and Edinburgh.


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