Tributes have been paid to Archbishop Mario Conti, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, who has died.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and Bishop of Aberdeen said: “It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti.
Sad announcement… Archbishop Mario has died tonight after a short illness. Requiescat in pace. pic.twitter.com/nH8WJJk2xR
— Archdiocese of Glasgow (@ArchdiocGlasgow) November 8, 2022
"His presence as a bishop has been a constant for so long, it is difficult to remember a time when he wasn’t an active or retired member of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.
"As the current Bishop of Aberdeen I have many fond memories of him during his 25 years as Bishop of Aberdeen.
"Although he became Archbishop of Glasgow in 2002 his ties to the North East of Scotland remained strong.
Sad news tonight ... Archbishop Mario Conti has died. He was 88. Archbishop Mario was a 'punto di riferimento' for the Italian community, he founded the Italian cloister garden next to St Andrew's Cathedral and was patron of Italian Scotland.
Grazie don Mario. pic.twitter.com/GEtHgg7K9C
— Consolato Onorario d’Italia Glasgow (@ItalianScotland) November 8, 2022
"His interest in and knowledge of Scotland’s Catholic history was well known and his commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of the church was unwavering.
"In his retirement, he was a source of great wisdom and pastoral support to his successors both in Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Saddened by the death of Archbishop Mario Conti. 16 years ago, he entrusted me to set up AGAP. Baptised my two children and became a friend after being my employer. Voice of pastoral care and encouragement. I'll miss him. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Stephen Callaghan pic.twitter.com/eTaq9naBX0
— AGAP (@AGAPGlasgow) November 8, 2022
"His work in ecumenism and interfaith matters as well as his affection for the Italian community in Scotland were among his defining characteristics. On behalf of the Bishops of Scotland, we commend his soul into the hands of God and pray that he may enjoy eternal rest.”
Archbishop Conti died on Tuesday evening after a short illness, at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
He was 88 years old. He had been a priest for 64 years and a bishop for 45 years.
He was one of the last surviving bishops in the world to have been appointed by Pope (now saint) Paul VI.
After 25 years in Aberdeen as Bishop he was named as successor to Cardinal Tom Winning as Archbishop of Glasgow in 2002, serving for 10 years.