Flourish, the monthly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow

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October 2012: Archbishop Tartaglia takes office

Archbishop Philip’s pledge to Glasgow

A unique moment in the history of the Archdiocese of Glasgow took place in St Andrew’s Cathedral on Saturday 8 September.

With due solemnity, Archbishop Mario Conti invited Archbishop Philip Tartaglia to assume the cathedra as successor of St Mungo and presented him with the pastoral staff of the Metropolitan See of Glasgow.

And, at that moment, Archbishop Tartaglia pledged to care for the Church of his native archdiocese in imitation of Christ the Good Shepherd.

“I seek the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and the prayers of St Mungo that I may be a worthy pastor and teacher, advancing the holiness of my flock,” he prayed.

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May 2011: St Andrew’s Cathedral re-opening

Sacred space of marvellous beauty

The transformation that has taken place in Saint Andrew’s Cathedral has been favourably received by the many hundreds of people who crossed its threshold within days of the reopening.

As these pictures illustrate, gloomy darkness has been replaced by joyful light. Dull monotony by radiant bursts of colour.

Most striking of all, the essential quality of the 200 year-old house of prayer has been preserved — and enhanced greatly.

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October 2010: Papal visit souvenir

Speaking to the heart

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Edinburgh on Thursday 16 September stepping gingerly from the plane. He departed from Birmingham, four days later, with a spring in his step.

Amid a momentous whirlwind of engagements from royal palace to school playing field, from great cathedrals to humble homes for the elderly, the Holy Father won the hearts of millions.

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September 2010: Papal Visit Preview

Glasgow welcomes Pope Benedict XVI

With great joy and heartfelt love we welcome Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland, It is an immense privilege for the Archdiocese of Glasgow to host him at Bellahouston.

I am looking forward personally to welcoming the Pope at the Mass in the evening of the day of his arrival, 16 September.

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July 2001: Cardinal Winning tribute

Thousands pay their respects

The sudden death of Cardinal Thomas Joseph Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow, shocked and saddened a nation, robbed the Church of a fearless leader and his family and friends of a most generous companion.

As news of his death filtered out to parishes, Mass-goers instinctively offered up prayers for his eternal rest, even though the enormity of their loss had yet to sink in.

For six days, people came in their thousands to pay their respects to the “prince of the Church” who had become their voice.

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June 1982: Papal Visit Souvenir

John Paul … a picture of happiness

Pope John Paul II beckons to his people in appreciation…

For even by Papal standards his reception at Bellahouston Park was tremendous… endless singing… endless cheering… endless applause.

And John Paul sat on his carved wooden throne – the picture of happiness…

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