Archbishop Bernard Longley’s address at Mass of Welcome – Cardinal Vincent Nichols
St Chad’s Cathedral 30 March 2014
‘I am delighted that Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton and Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham are with us for this celebration – and I take this opportunity to offer our congratulations to Bishop Malcolm on his appointment as Archbishop of Liverpool. With the appointment to Liverpool and Fr Robert Byrne’s appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham in the last fortnight Cardinal Vincent’s membership of the Congregation for Bishops is rapidly bearing fruit!
The Tablet reports:
‘Pope Francis today appointed the Archbishop of Westminster to the Vatican’s bishop-making body.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols will take up a post as a member of the Congregation for Bishops which plays a crucial part appointing leaders to dioceses across the vast majority of the world. He will attend the regular meetings of dicastery when they discuss appointments to dioceses including those in England and Wales.
Comment: We pray for our Cardinal, our Bishops and for the fruit they are bearing.