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Pope appoints new bishop for Argyll and The Isles

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he has appointed Monsignor Joseph Anthony Toal as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles in succession to Bishop Ian Murray, who has been Bishop since 1999.

Reacting to his appointment, Mgr Toal, who is currently Rector of the Royal Scots College in Salamanca, said: “Before my time in Spain I spent 17 happy years as a Priest in the diocese and I now look forward very much to coming home and serving the Priests and people of the Diocese as their Bishop. I ask for their prayers in these weeks before my ordination, and throughout my ministry among them. I also wish to thank Bishop Ian Murray for his nine years among us as our Bishop, and my very best wishes and prayers go with him for his retirement.”

• Full story at the Scottish Catholic Media Office.

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