Paul Goggins was a man of deep faith. His Catholic faith shaped and informed his passion and commitment to politics, and his lifelong vocation to social justice, combating poverty and exclusion.
He was an outstanding servant of both Church and society, and his loss will be keenly felt.
I will be praying for Paul and his family and I encourage others to do the same at this sad time.
Archbishop Peter Smith
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales