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Bishop Toal is Pope’s man in Motherwell

Bishop Joseph Toal, third from right in back row, now has the Motherwell Diocese post on a permanent basis.

Bishop Joseph Toal, third from right in back row, now has the Motherwell Diocese post on a permanent basis.

Bishop Joseph Toal has been appointed as the Bishop of Motherwell.

Pope Francis made the appointment officially yesterday (Tuesday), with the date of his installation - to take place at Motherwell Cathedral - still to be announced.

Bishop Toal is currently Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and has been Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Motherwell, which has been vacant since May last year following the retiral of Bishop Joseph Devine.

Inverness-born Bishop Toal (57) said: “Over the past 11 months I have come to know the Diocese of Motherwell and appreciate the warmth and generosity of the clergy and laity. I look forward to deepening that relationship with them.”

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow added: “I welcome the nomination of Bishop Toal and wish him every blessing in his new appointment.”

 

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