The Archbishop of Glasgow will receive the pallium from Pope Francis in a ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica on the Feast of St Peter and St Paul this week.
Archbishop Phillip Tartaglia will be one of 35 metropolitan archbishops from 20 different countries to receive the pallium during a traditional ceremony in Rome on Saturday.
Archbishop Tartaglia is the only British archbishop to receive the honour this year. He said: “The conferral of the pallium by the Holy Father is a great moment in the life of all the new archbishops present. It reminds us of the strong bond that links us to the successor of Peter, and reminds us of the solemn duty we have to guard and teach the faith.”
Previously the fourth Bishop of Paisley, Archbishop Tartaglia was formally appointed Archbishop on September 2012, succeeding Archbishop Mario Conti. Following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, he was named the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh on 27 February 2013.
The pallium is a vestment made of white lamb’s wool adorned with six black crosses, symbolizing the plenitude of pontical office. Presented annually to new archbishops by the Pope, it serves as a reminder of their ties to heaven and earth and their loyalty to Christ.