Monsignor Luc Terlinden was ordained bishop on Sunday, September 3 in St. Rumbold’s Cathedral in Mechelen. He was installed as the new Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. Bishop Terlinden was officially welcomed into the cathedral on Tuesday, September 12. He took possession of the seat of the cathedral during a celebration full of joy and fervor. He invited the many faithful to “revisit their baptism, participation in the Passover of Christ”.

The new archbishop chose as his episcopal motto: Fratelli tutti. He explains: “In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us that we have only one teacher and that we are all brothers (Mt 23:8). The bishop does not replace the master but, among his brothers and sisters, he is at the service of communion around Christ. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Fratelli tutti, also reminds us of the social and universal dimension of fraternity. The Church is called to be a sign of fraternity and friendship, where individualism and injustice sometimes reign. St. Francis of Assisi and St. Charles de Foucauld, by the total gift of their lives to God, manifested this universal fraternity by being close to the smallest and most abandoned”.

We thank him for having accepted this burdensome, delicate and difficult task. Our prayers are with him

To see the slideshow of the installation, click here

To see the slideshow of the Mass, click here

To see the rebroadcast of the Mass by RCF Brussels, click here

To see the full mass filmed by Jean-Macaire Mwanamumbay, click here