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Tributes pour in for former Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti following his death

by Kelly Valencia
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Church leaders have been paying tribute to the former Archbishop of Glasgow, Fr Mario Conti, who died on Tuesday aged 88.

He was the Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow - a title he earned following his retirement as Archbishop in the same diocese in 2012. 

The Catholic Church's Bishops' Conference of Scotland announced his death on social media. 

The post read: "Archbishop Mario died peacefully last night after a short illness. A gentle and kindly shepherd and a man of dialogue and vision. Requiescat in pace." 

Ronnie Covery, who worked very closely with Archbishop Mario for ten years, told Premier Fr Mario was always "full of wisdom and kindness". 

"He was a gentleman. That word can be used as a single word gentleman or as two words, a gentle man. And it was that gentleness I think that I will remember most about him," Covery continued. 

Born in Elgin, he studied at the Scots College and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained a priest in 1958.

Following several roles within the Catholic Church, including being a parish priest at Wick and Thurso, he was appointed as the bishop of Aberdeen in 1977. 

Fr Mario stayed in the role until 2002, when he was named as successor to Cardinal Tom Winning as Archbishop of Glasgow. 

For Covery, Fr Mario was a "great link to the past" as he was one of the last few bishops in the world to have been appointed by Pope Paul VI. 

Fr Mario's ecumenical work has also been praised. Covery described the archbishop as the "strongest voice for ecumenism" the Scottish Catholic Church had. 

"For many, many years, he served as the Catholic Bishops representative in that area working with brother Christians from the Church of Scotland, the Episcopal Church, the Baptist, and so on. 

"That kind of unglamorous steady inch-by-inch progress towards greater understanding dialogue…he was very much a man of dialogue. And when he retired, he was asked by the other bishops to take on the responsibility for inter religious dialogue, in other words, going beyond the Christian family, and looking at dialogue with Islam and with Judaism, and Hinduism, and Sikhism, and so on. And at the age of 77, he took that with great enthusiasm," Covery continued.  

Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, the moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, also paid tribute to Fr Mario. 

He said: "We are very saddened to learn about the death of Archbishop Mario Conti and extend our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and members of the Catholic Church, our brothers and sisters in Christ."

"Archbishop Conti made an outstanding contribution to ecumenism within Scotland and internationally and we recall this with gratitude," he continued. 

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