BY Daniel Harkins | March 6 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

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Archbishop distributes ashes to MSPs and staff at the Scottish Parliament

On Ash Wednesday, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese, paid a visit to Holyrood to mark the start of Lent, the journey towards Easter.

Archbishop Leo Cushley visited the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, March 6 to distribute ashes to MSPs and staff.

The event, organised by Labour MSP Elaine Smith and the director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office Anthony Horan, had originally been planned to take place last year. However, as Ash Wednesday fell during the parliamentary recess, it had to be delayed.

Among those who received ashes from the archbishop were Labour MSP Neil Findlay, Conservatives Annie Wells and Donald Cameron, and the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles.

Last year, Archbishop Cushley celebrated the first ever Mass in the Scottish Parliament, and in September MSPs welcomed the Mercy Bus to Holyrood after the evangelising group from Divine Mercy Scotland where invited by Roseanna Cunningham MSP.

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