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Tributes paid to Bishop Brian Noble

Bishop Brian Noble snipThe Rt Rev. Brian Noble, the 10th Bishop of Shrewsbury and a former convenor of CTE’s Enabling Group, has died peacefully at the age of 83 years. Bishop Noble died on the afternoon of Monday 21st October at Arrowe Park Hospital, the Wirral.

Rev Bill Snelson, General Secretary of CTE from 1997-2008, remembers Brian and his contribution to the ecumenical movement in England:

“Bishop Brian Noble represented the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales at Churches Together in England during the mid 1990s. A popular, approachable person, he was a natural choice to succeed Philip Mawer as Convenor of the Enabling Group in 1998. Sadly, the diagnosis of oesophageal cancer in the following summer, and the prospect of prolonged debilitating treatment, meant that Brian decided to resign.

“Highly respected and respectful, he was committed to the ecumenical movement, and as the Catholic bishop responsible for large parts of Merseyside he was acutely aware of the prejudices inherited from past generations.

“His advice, affirmation and encouragement were much appreciated by the Churches Together in England staff, not least by me.”

Announcing the news, the Diocese of Shrewsbury shares further details about his life and ministry.

Photo credit: Diocese of Chester.

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