Archbishop of Glasgow dies after catching coronavirus at Christmas

The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has died after contracting coronavirus, the Catholic Church in Scotland has announced.

The 70-year-old, who had served as leader of Scotland’s largest Catholic community since 2012, tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after Christmas and had been self-isolating at home.

He died on Wednesday, January 13, the Feast of St Mungo – the patron saint of Glasgow.

The cause of death is not yet clear.

Archbishop Tartaglia was previously the Bishop of Paisley, having been nominated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

He was ordained Bishop two months later, in November of that year, by his predecessor, Archbishop Mario Conti.

The Pope’s Ambassador to Great Britain, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, has been informed of his death.

A spokesman for the Church said the Archdiocese will be overseen by an administrator until Pope Francis appoints a successor.

Philip Tartaglia was born in Glasgow on January 11, 1951, to parents Guido and Annita Trataglia and had three younger brothers and five younger sisters.

He went to primary school in Riddrie in Glasgow’s East End, and later worked in Dennistoun.

The senior cleric also studied in Rome, and worked in Aberdeen and Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire.

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