Bells chime for new Archbishop
All the bells in Luxembourg chimed in unison today at noon when the Vatican revealed the identity of the new Archbishop of Luxembourg as Jean-Claude Hollerich (pictured left).
The country's new catholic figurehead was nominated by outgoing Archbishop Fernand Franck some two years ago and will officially receive the title at a ceremony on October 16.
Before accepting the post Bishop Hollerich was working as vice rector for student and general affairs at the Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
The 52-year-old, who was born in Differdange but grew up in Vianden, has pursued a religious career since the age of 20.
A student at the Gregorian University in Rome, he studied philosphy and theology before joining the Company of Jesus.
He held his first religious apprenticeship post in Namur before taking up a pastoral role in Luxembourg.
In 1985, his curiosity for the east led the churchman to Japan where he studied the country's language and culture and theology at Sophia University.
From 1989 until 2001 he remained in Europe, where he continued his studies. Bishop Hollerich was ordained as a priest in Brussels in 1990.
He returned to Japan in 2002 where he confirmed his commitment as a Jesuit priest to the Japanese Jesuit church of Saint-Ignace, in Tokyo.
Bishop Hollerich is also an accomplished writer, publishing some eight academic articles across a range of subjects, including spirituality and language.
Bishop Hollerich is expected to be officially welcomed as Archbishop at a ceremony at Luxembourg cathedral at 3pm on October 16.
In the meantime, Mathias Schiltz will act as permanent representative of the apostolic administration.
Bishop Hollerich replaces Archbishop Fernand Franck, who has acted as representative for the Vatican in Luxembourg since 1990.