And now for some happier news:-
The new Archbishop of Westminster was one of 34 archbishops to be given a symbol of office by the Pope at St Peter’s Basilica on Monday. Pope Benedict placed the pallium, a band woven from lambs’ wool, over the shoulders of Archbishop Vincent Nichols as a symbol of ‘the office of shepherd’. ‘It reminds us of Christ himself, who as the Good Shepherd, took on his shoulders the lost sheep, humanity, to bring it back home,’ the Pope said. As ‘the bishop of souls’, Jesus watches from God’s point of view, seeing ‘dangers as well as possibilities’, Pope Benedict told the archbishops who had travelled from 20 countries.
Sources: Catholic Herald (3/7); The Universe (5/7)