Friday, 3 April 2009

Archbishop Nichols: the Lancaster response

Following the announcement earlier today that Most Rev. Vincent Nichols (presently of Birmingham) is to be the next Archbishop of Westminster, Bishop O'Donoghue has issued a statement of welcome on the diocesan website. The Bishop says, "What a consolation it will be for Archbishop Vincent on this momentous occasion to realise that what is being asked of him is no different, in a sense, from that of any other Bishop. That call is to serve Christ and His people with fidelity and generosity. These are difficult times in the Church and in Society but there are many opportunities, too, and the new Archbishop is blessed with immense gifts and talents." The full statement can be found here. Archbishop Nichols will be installed in Westminster on Thursday 21st May.