VATICAN CITY, JAN. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II appointed Bishop Mario Joseph Conti of Aberdeen, Scotland, as the new archbishop of Glasgow.
The new archbishop succeeds Cardinal Thomas Joseph Winning, who died last June. Cardinal Winning was well known in Britain for his love of the Church and for his pro-life works.
The new archbishop was born in Elgin, in the Diocese of Aberdeen, on March 20, 1934. He studied at the Scottish College in Rome and eventually obtained a licentiate in theology from the Gregorian University.
Ordained a priest in 1958, he was appointed bishop of Aberdeen by Paul VI on Feb. 28, 1977.
On hearing of Bishop Conti´s new post, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O´Connor of Westminster said: “He will take with him invaluable experience and insights acquired after 25 years as bishop of Aberdeen.”
Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh said of Bishop Conti: “His great qualities of heart and intellect endear him to all who know and work with him, but most especially to those under his pastoral care. … He has worked closely with member of the Irish Episcopal Conference in the promotion of ecumenism and in the study of bioethics.”