The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Our Bishop Emeritus Becomes a Cardinal

At the conclusion of the Regina Coeli on Sunday 29 May, Pope Francis said that on Saturday, 27 August, he will hold a Consistory for the creation of new cardinals. The College of Cardinals currently consists of 208 Cardinals, of whom 117 are electors and 91 non-electors. As of 27 August, the number will grow to 229 Cardinals, of whom 131 will be electors.

Heading the list of new cardinals is our Bishop Emeritus, Archbishop Arthur Roche – Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal-elect Roche was ordained for the Diocese of Leeds in 1975 and was Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese from 2002-04, and became the ninth Bishop of Leeds in 2004. He was Bishop of Leeds from 2004 until his appointment to the Sacred Congregation in 2012.

On behalf of the Diocese, Bishop Marcus has issued the following statement:

‘Together with the clergy, religious and  faithful of the Diocese of Leeds, I welcome with great joy the news of the appointment by the Holy Father Pope Francis of The Most Reverend Arthur Roche, Archbishop, Bishop Emeritus of Leeds, as a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church. The appointment is not only a recognition of the regard in which the Holy Father holds Archbishop Roche but it also brings great honour to this diocese, his family home and the place where he ministered both as a priest and bishop. Looking towards to the Consistory on 27 August, we assure the Cardinal-elect of our prayers and best wishes.’

For more details of the Pope’s announcement follow this link: