Pope Francis has named Mgr Leo Cushley as the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. He succeeds Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who led the archdiocese until his resignation in February, reports The Catholic Herald.
Mgr Cushley is currently head of the English-language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and has been a close collaborator of both Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
In his capacity as Prelate of the Anticamera, Mgr Cushley has been involved in the visits of heads of state and other important guests to the Holy See.
Recently he has assisted the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, and many other high-profile visitors to the Vatican.
As head of the English section of the Secretariat of State, it was his task to accompany the Holy Father to English-speaking countries. In 2010 he accompanied Benedict XVI to Malta, Cyprus and Britain.
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, until now apostolic administrator of the archdiocese, is introducing the Archbishop-elect at a press conference in Edinburgh. The new leader will then speak to clergy, staff and media representatives and deliver his first message to the archdiocese.
In a statement, Mgr Cushley said: 'I am humbled that our Holy Father Pope Francis has nominated me for such an important task here in our ancient capital.
'Ivknow it’s a delicate moment and that there is a lot to be done, but with God’s grace and the kind support of the clergy and people of Edinburgh, I will work cheerfully and willingly with all the energy I can muster.'
FULL STORY Vatican names successor to Cardinal Keith O'Brien (Catholic Herald)