Catholics across Scotland have been asked to pray for Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti of Glasgow who is in hospital.
The Archdiocese of Glasgow has released a short statement asking for prayers for ‘Archbishop Mario who is seriously ill in hospital. Our Lady, Health of the sick, pray for him’.
The Archbishop, who is 88, led Scotland’s biggest diocese from 2002 until 2012. Of Italian descent, he was born in Elgin and ordained a priest for the diocese of Aberdeen in 1958. He was appointed bishop of Aberdeen in 1977.
He is a keen patron of the arts, and through his episcopate is known for his desire to see the Church engage with civic society. He also oversaw the successful restoration of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow.