Cardinal to celebrate Mass in St. Eugene’s

His Eminence Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia.
His Eminence Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia.

An Italian Cardinal appointed by Pope Francis, celebrated Mass in St Eugene’s Cathedral this morning.

His Eminence Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia celebrated Mass at 8.45 a.m. in the Cathederal, conducted in Italian.

Cardinal Bassetti (73) was inducted into the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis on February 22, 2014, along with 18 others.

He was previously named Archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve in July 2009, and was elected head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Umbria in 2012.

He is Deputy President of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

Reports suggest his appointment to Cardinal was widely welcomed as he was seen as a man of the people and someone who was very much ‘hands on’.

Cardinal Bassetti himself said after being nominated: “My aims have not changed. I want to visit factories and hospitals, because as the Pope says, we must ‘be pastors with the odour of sheep.’ This is the time to roll our sleeves back.”

His appointment marked the first time a Bishop of Perugia had been named a Cardinal since 1853, when Gioacchino Pecci was made Cardinal, before becoming Pope Leo XIII.

Cardinal Bassetti has been described by one observer as “instantly palpable, a man cut from the same cloth as Francis”, while others have praised his compassion and concern for the poor and marginalised.

Meanwhile, a series of Diocesan Adult Safeguarding training events have been arranged for September for those involved in Eucharistic Ministry to hospitals, nursing homes, and the housebound.

Anyone currently undertaking this parish role, is asked to contact a Parish Safeguarding Representatives to book a place, or contact the Safeguarding Office, 164 Bishop Street, tel no 02871 362475, available Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.