Archbishop Cushley honoured by Pope Francis

The head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Archbishop Leo Cushley, who was presented with the Pallium by Pope Francis. Pic: Ian Georgeson
The head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Archbishop Leo Cushley, who was presented with the Pallium by Pope Francis. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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The head of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland has been honoured by the Pope.

Archbishop Leo Cushley was today presented with the Pallium, an ancient ecclesiastical vestment in the Catholic Church, bestowed by Popes on Metropolitan Archbishops as a symbol of jurisdiction and of communion with the See of Peter, on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Archbishop Cushley replaced Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who stood down in February last year after admitting sexual misconduct, as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

Speaking before the ceremony, Archbishop Cushley, who travelled to Rome with a party of Scots pilgrims, said: “I am honoured to receive the Pallium from our Holy Father Pope Francis, the supreme Shepherd of the universal Church, as a sign of communion with him and of our shared pastoral duty towards Christ’s flock.

“I am delighted that my family and friends and many from the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, especially many young people, have chosen to come on pilgrimage with me to the Tomb of Peter and to greet the Pope.

“I also bear the good wishes and affection of many Scots, Catholics and not, who have expressed to me their esteem for the Holy Father. I hope these days will be a great source of peace and joy for all those present in Rome on this happy occasion.”