Pope Francis has today appointed Bishop Paul Mason as eighth Bishop of the Forces, which has been sede vacante (awaiting the appointment of a bishop) for the past three years. The Catholic Bishopric of the Forces differs from any other diocese in that it is not aligned along geographical boundaries
On Thursday the 21st of Sept at a Service led by the Deputy Chaplain General Fr Patrick O’Driscoll was welcomed into the Royal Army Chaplain’s Dept. The Gospel was for the Feast of the Apostle St Matthew and fittingly spoke of not only the call of Matthew but the ministry
“Follow Him, and walk ahead of the holy people of God, with your gaze fixed on the Lord’s Cross and Resurrection.” This was the advice Pope Francis gave to new cardinals when presiding over a consistory for the creation of five new cardinals on Wednesday June 28th, 2017. The new
Father John McWilliam, former soldier in the British Army, who was ordained a priest in 1992 has been appointed by Pope Francis as a Bishop in Algeria. Now 68 years old, he will be ordained at Worth Abbey to serve a Diocese which is 10 times the size of Britain.
As we await the appointment by Pope Francis of a new Bishop for the Forces Fr David Smith reflects on the person, office, and symbols of a Bishop The Second Vatican Council teaches us that “the bishops have by divine institution taken the place of the apostles as pastors of