The Order of St Gregory the Great is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See and on Sunday 22 November two Welsh “greats” were promoted by the Pope to Knights Commander in that Order.
At St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Archbishop George Stack conferred the honour to Lord Paul Murphy (pictured left) and Mr John Reddy, both men having worked for decades for the Catholic Church and in public life.
Lord Murphy was ennobled in the recent Dissolution Honours and as Paul Murphy was the former MP for Torfaen and former Cabinet Minister, holding the offices of Secretary of State for Wales and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
John Reddy is a prominent South Wales businessman and a former Mayor of the County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil.
Both men were honoured by Pope Francis for their decades of service to the Catholic Church in Wales.