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Pope Francis appoints William Nolan as Bishop of Galloway

Pope Francis has appointed a new Roman Catholic Bishop of Galloway.

Father William Nolan, who is currently a parish priest in East Kilbride in South Lanarkshire, will take over the role from Bishop John Cunningham, who is retiring.

The new bishop said he was "overawed" by the appointment and looked forward to serving the diocese "as best I can".

The Catholic Church in Scotland said a date for his ordination would be announced in due course.

Bishop-elect Nolan grew up in Motherwell and was ordained a priest there in 1977.

'Faith flourish'

The 60-year-old began his career as an assistant parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes in East Kilbride and returned there in 1994 where he has remained as parish priest for 20 years.

He was vicar general of the diocese of Motherwell.

He said: "I am overawed to be appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Galloway. I already know some of the clergy and I look forward to working with them and with the people of the diocese to help the faith flourish in the land where Ninian planted the seeds of faith so long ago."

Father William McFadden, vicar general of the Galloway diocese, said: "On behalf of the priests of the diocese I welcome the appointment of Fr Nolan, and can assure him that the clergy of Galloway will support him in every way.

"We are aware of the demands that await him, particularly in the process of Embracing Change, but he can be sure that there is enormous goodwill and a real commitment to collaborative ministry awaiting him."

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