Today, the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, our new Archbishop received the Pallium – a band of white wool worn over the shoulders on top of the chasuble – from Pope Benedict XVI at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
Over 40 new Archbishops received the Pallium. The Pallium is the symbol of office for a Metropolitan Archbishop. Metropolitans are appointed by the Holy See to ‘preside’ over an ecclesiastical province. In this case, the Archdiocese of Cardiff is the Metropolitan diocese for the Province of Wales and Herefordshire. The Province includes the dioceses of Wrexham and Menevia as well as the Archdiocese of Cardiff. Archbishop George is called to work closely with the bishops of the other diocese for the well being of the Church in Wales.
A video of Archbishop George receiving the Pallium from His Holiness Benedict XVI is available via RomeReports.