Philip Tartaglia Biography — Wiki
Philip Tartaglia was the Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow who has reportedly died after complications from Covid-19. Tributes have poured in for the religious leader, described as a ‘fine man’ who was a ‘huge’ fan of Scottish giants Celtic FC.
Tartaglia tested positive for coronavirus shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating at home.
Philip Tartaglia Age
Philip Tartaglia, who had served as Archbishop of Glasgow since 2012, was 70 years old at the time of death.
Obituary: Philip Tartaglia Death and Cause of Death
Philip Tartaglia died on January 13, the Feast of St Mungo – the patron saint of Glasgow.
The Catholic Church in Scotland said the cause of his death was not yet clear.
In a statement, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said the archbishop was a ‘gentle and caring pastor who combined compassion with a piercing intellect’.
He said: ‘His loss to his family, his clergy and the people of the Archdiocese of Glasgow will be immeasurable but for the entire Church in Scotland this is a day of immense loss and sadness.
‘His contribution to the work of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland over the past 16 years was significant and we will miss his wisdom and wit very much.’
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was also among those paying tribute to the archbishop.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said he was ‘deeply saddened’ at the news.
Celtic FC said the archbishop was a ‘huge supporter of the club’, writing on Twitter that he regularly attended matches.
What we know so far about Philip Tartaglia
Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the Pope’s Ambassador to Great Britain, has been informed of the death. A spokesman for the Church said the Archdiocese will be overseen by an administrator until the Pope appoints a successor.
Philip Tartaglia was born in Glasgow on January 11, 1951. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Thomas Winning in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dennistoun, on June 30, 1975. Pope Benedict XVI nominated him Bishop of Paisley and he was ordained on November 20, 2005.
He was appointed Archbishop of Glasgow on July 24 2012 and installed at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on September 8.