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Pope Benedict Appoints Right Reverend George Stack as new Archbishop of Cardiff

posted on 19 April 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has today appointed Bishop George Stack as the seventh Archbishop of Cardiff.

The date of installation as Archbishop of Cardiff will confirmed shortly. The Right Reverend George Stack, currently auxiliary bishop in Westminster, will succeed Archbishop Peter Smith, who was installed as Archbishop of Southwark last year.

I am humbled and honoured at the trust Pope Benedict XVI has placed in appointing me Archbishop of Cardiff, said Bishop Stack. 

Although I am sad to be leaving the Diocese of Westminster, in which I have served as priest for 29 years and auxiliary bishop for 10 years, I look forward to serving the people and clergy of the Church in Cardiff with love and faithfulness in the years that lie ahead.

I am aware of the long and noble history of Christianity in Wales and the special gifts the Celtic people bring to the Universal Church. I hope to share in this rich tradition of faith.

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, thanked Bishop Stack for his long and dedicated service to the Diocese.

As President of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales I welcome the appointment of the new Archbishop of Cardiff. We are grateful to the Holy Father for making this appointment so soon after the arrival of our new Papal Nuncio. The See of Cardiff is an important one for the life of Wales and for the Bishops Conference. It is good to know that it will be filled with a bishop of such experience and dedication as Bishop George Stack. We welcome this appointment and assure Bishop Stack of our continuing prayers and affection.


The Archdiocese of Cardiff, formerly the Diocese of Newport, was established in 1916 when the Cardiff Province was established comprising the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Diocese of Menevia.  The province was restructured in 1987 with the erection of the Diocese of Wrexham and alterations to the boundaries of the Archdiocese and the Diocese of Menevia.  The Archdiocese of Cardiff covers the Unitary Authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and the County of Hereford

Diocese of Newport and Menevia
1850-1880  Bishop Thomas Joseph Brown OSB
1880-1895  Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley OSB

Diocese of Newport
1895-1916  Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley OSB

Archdiocese of Cardiff
1916-1920  Archbishop James R Bilsborrow OSB
1920-1939  Archbishop Francis Mostyn
1940-1961  Archbishop Michael McGrath
1961-1983  Archbishop John A Murphy
1983-2001  Archbishop John Aloysius Ward OFM Cap
2001-2010  Archbishop Peter D Smith

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posted on 19 April 2011

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