The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland announced Tuesday evening the death of Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti.
The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, Bishop of Aberdeen, said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we learned today (8 November 2022) of the death of the Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti His presence as bishop has been a constant for so long that it is hard to remember a time when he was not 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 links with the North East of Scotland have remained strong. His interest and knowledge of Scotland’s Catholic history was well known and his commitment to preserving the Church’s cultural heritage was unwavering.
On his retirement he was a source of great wisdom and pastoral support for his successors in Glasgow and Aberdeen. His work in the field of ecumenism and interreligious issues 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.”