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Vatican official named rector of English College

Mgr Philip Whitmore (Mazur/

Mgr Philip Whitmore will be the new rector of the Venerable English College, it was announced today.

Mgr Whitmore currently works at the Secretariat of State and will take up his new role in August.

He translated Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth into English and is a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster.

He succeeds Mgr Nicholas Hudson who has served as rector since 2004.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has named Mgr Hudson parish priest of Sacred Heart in Wimbledon, south west London.

Mgr Hudson said: “I feel enormously privileged to be asked to be pastor of my home parish after 13 years’ ministry at the Venerable English College.”

The seminary at the Venerable English College was founded in 1579, making it the oldest English institution outside England.