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  It was announced from Rome today that The Rt Rev Bishop Arthur Roche , the Bishop of Leeds has been has appointed  by the Holy Father  to be the Secretary of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome.

He will take up his appointment in the near future, but in the meantime he has been appointed Apostolic Administrator until further notice. This is, he said, to ensure that what is already in place or has been planned and authorised will go ahead.

Though he is happy to face the new challenge that this calls him to Bishop Roche in his letter to the staff goes on to say:   ‘I would like to say that despite my great sadness at leaving the diocese I am most grateful to you for assisting me so generously and ably these last ten years.'

Bishop Roche will be raised to Archbishop and be the second person in the congregation which promotes liturgical pastoral activity, especially regarding the celebration of the Eucharist. It gives support to the diocesan bishops so that the Christian faithful may share more actively in the sacred liturgy; sees to the drawing up and revision of liturgical texts; grants the recognitio to translations of liturgical books and their adaptations that have been lawfully prepared by conferences of bishops. It is one of the nine congregations (department with a jurisdiction) in the Holy See that form the Roman Curia. The Roman Curia, together with the Pope, is the administrative apparatus of the Holy See and the central governing body of the entire Catholic Church. Each Congregation is led by a prefect, who is a Cardinal, the current prefect is Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera. The outgoing Secretary is Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P.




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