Pope to send special envoy for Ogilvie 400 celebration

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the former Archbishop of Westminster, has been asked to represent Pope Francis at two special services to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ.  Along with Jesuit Provincial Fr Dermot Preston SJ and Archbishop Tartaglia he will celebrate ecumencial solemn Vespers at St Aloysius Church in Glasgow on the evening on Monday 9th March at 7pm, and he will attend a special Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow on Tuesday 10th, the feast of St John Ogilvie.

Cardinal Murphy O'Connor said: "I feel greatly honoured to be appointed by Pope Francis as a special envoy for the solemn celebration of the 400th centenary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie in Glasgow.  I am particularly happy because I was in Rome for the saint's canonisation in 1976 and took part in the great celebration for the Church in Scotland and indeed, the universal Church. I look forward to the events taking place in Glasgow on March 9-10 and to presenting the Holy Father's message to the Church in Scotland and to all those present at the celebrations."

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, who will preside at the anniversary events said: "The Bishops of Scotland intend to celebrate this anniversary both as an event of great joy for the Catholic community in Scotland and as a moment of new hope for all Christians, for all believers and for all people of good will.

"Cardinal Murphy O'Connor's presence and participation as the Papal envoy will add even greater significance and will bring the Successor of Peter closer to us and to the people of Scotland."