Sad News at the Death of Archbishop Tartaglia
 
The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has died suddenly at his home in Glasgow. He was 70 years old. Archbishop Tartaglia, who had served as Archbishop of Glasgow since 2012, had tested positive for COVID 19 shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating at home. The cause of death is not yet clear. The Archbishop had served as leader of Scotland’s largest Catholic community since 2012. The Pope’s Ambassador to Great Britain, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti has been informed. It will be for Pope Francis to appoint a new Archbishop to succeed Archbishop Tartaglia, but until then the Archdiocese will be overseen by an administrator. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
 
See Archbishop Philip Tartaglia's biography
 
COVID 19 Update
 
We are entering a new national lockdown in Scotland and public Mass and Church services with immediate effect will no longer be possible in Church for at least the rest of this month of January. A Requiem Mass for the deceased can still go ahead with a maximum of twenty mourners. Also small weddings can still go ahead with a maximum of five people participating, including the priest and two witnesses. Please see the COVID UPDATE for the latest information on Mass services affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
Catholic Bishops question Scottish Government’s closure of Places of Worship
 
In a strongly worded statement, Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have expressed concern at the Scottish Government’s decision to close churches, when “No evidence has been forthcoming to justify the inclusion of places of worship as sources of infection”. The bishops suggest the move is “arbitrary and unfair” and in stark contrast to the decision by the UK Government to recognise “the essential contribution of public worship to the spiritual welfare of all citizens”.
 
The statement points out that “the stringent measures taken since last March to ensure public safety in our churches have been effective” and urges the Scottish Government “when the present measures are reviewed later in January, to reconsider these restrictions”. 
 
Rosary In Time of a Pandemic
 
The Rosary eBook aims at helping the faithful to contemplate the Gospel with Mary, our Mother, in the light of a world in crisis generated by COVID-19 and open our hearts to the hope of the Good News of Jesus-Christ. You will find real testimonies from people affected by the pandemic, in several ways. The writers, members of Vatican COVID-19 Commission, intended to guide the prayer by linking some of the painful and struggling stories of people from all over the world with the contemplation of the different mysteries of the Rosary.
   
Galloway Diocese News (December 2020)
 
The latest edition of the Galloway Diocese News (December 2020) is now available.
 
Living in Faith in the age of COVID-19
 
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has published a Newsletter, which has emerged from the work of the Pastoral Ministry Working Group. Much of the material has arisen from the Pastoral Ministry survey which the group had invited parishes to complete by the end of July. It is hoped that the contents will prove to be informative and useful to clergy and laypeople.