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EASTER SERMON, delivered at Westminster Cathedral at 10.30 am on Easter Sunday, by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, Archbishop of Westminster
27 March 2005

Text of Cardinal's address to his priests at the Chrism Mass on Tuesday
22 March 2005

Sermon by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor at a thanksgiving service for the 40th anniversary of the Corrymeela Community held at St Martin in the Fields, London, Sunday 13 March at 10 am. Corrymeela is made up of people of all ages and Christian traditions, who, individually and together are committed to the healing of Social, Religious and Political divisions that exist in Northern Ireland and throughout the world.
14 March 2005

By tradition Lent is a time of giving up and doing without; no sooner are we over the shock of our credit card bills after Christmas, the Church asks us to undertake an annual holy fast. We live out a penance, like a daily hair-shirt constantly pricking us. This is why the 40 days of Lent seem to pass so slowly. Will it never be Easter Day when I can take up my daily habit again!
07 February 2005

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We have come together this evening to remember and to pray for those who have died in the tragic events following the earthquake and Tsunani wave. I want to remember those who have died, those who are bereaved, those who cry out in anguish to God in their misery and pain and sorrow. This evening, I particularly welcome those who come from the communities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Somalia, the Maldives, and the many other countries touched by this tragedy in a direct way.
16 January 2005

Read at all Masses on the weekend of 8-9 January, 2005

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

One of my earliest memories as a child is attending Church with my father, and mother, my brothers and sister. Even before I could really understand much at all I was aware of two things; that Sunday was special and that it is the Mass that matters. I think of that today because the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has asked the whole Catholic world to reflect upon the Holy Eucharist during this year. He has expressly said that He does not wish any other programme within the diocese to be interrupted. Rather he invites every parish, every diocese, every Catholic, to think, pray and reflect upon the great Mystery that is at the heart of our faith. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is made present and focussed for us in the celebration of the Mass....
09 January 2005

Text of the Sermon to be preached by HE Cardinal Cormac-Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, at Westminster Cathedral at the 1730hrs Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany, Thursday 6, January 2005...

06 January 2005

'My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The first thing I want to say to you this evening is: Happy Christmas. It is easy to say; but what do I mean? The word 'Christmas' is clear to all of you here tonight; Christmas means the Birth of Jesus, the Christ, Who comes to save us from sin, from death and to show us the way to heaven. But 'happy'? What is happiness and what must we do to be happy? ...

24 December 2004

At the Requiem Mass at Westminster Cathedral for murdered aid worker Margaret Hassan, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said:

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is hard to speak on an occasion such as this. Not only are we mourning a woman who died before her time, but also her death, as we know, was not swift but slow and cruel. After such events one is tempted to ask, 'Where was God?' But one might also ask, 'Where was man?' for Margaret's death was brought about through the cruel and violent actions of human beings. Yet for those of us who believe there is also amidst the question of suffering a cry of faith to God who is indeed the God who cares, who loves, and who so loved the world that He gave his only Son. He does not try to explain evil and wickedness to us but what He says is what the Prophet says in the first Reading, Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. The only partial explanation is that God himself suffered so that in a mysterious way Gethsemane is your garden and every Calvary is your cross. Our hearts have been with the husband, the sisters and brother, and the family of Margaret for the past agonising weeks since that terrible day when we heard of her abduction. And our hearts continue to be with them, most especially today when we gather to mourn her passing, and to give thanks to her life and to her witness....
11 December 2004

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor preaching at an ecumenical service in St Alban's Abbey Church on the weekend said:

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am delighted to be with you today in this great Abbey to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the Election of Nicholas Breakspear as Pope Adrian IV. There have been few non-Italian Popes in history but this one Englishman, elected in 1154, was perhaps among the greatest of them. He was born in Abbots Langley here in Hertfordshire in the year 1100 of humble stock. His father, Robert Breakspear, had taken minor orders at the monastery here of St. Albans, where Nicholas received his education. He had further studies in Paris and then entered the house of the Canons Regular of Saint-Rufus at Avignon. He was professed, ordained priest and later became prior and finally succeeded as Abbot of that monastery. As sometimes happens in monasteries, the canons found the new Abbot's rule too strict and they appealed to the Pope of that time, not once, but twice. Eventually Pope Eugenius told the canons who were protesting to go home and elect another Abbot, but he wisely retained Nicholas Breakspear, creating him Cardinal Bishop of Albano near Rome....
04 December 2004

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