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' To have somewhere we call home is a fundamental part of our human dignity. Home is the place where we build our families and find the space to develop alongside friends and loved ones. To be deprived of such a basic necessity is to feel less than human.'
27 November 2003

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, held the last of this year's series of Masses for young adults in Westminster Cathedral on Sunday 23rd November, the Feast of Christ the King.

25 November 2003

Commenting on the death of Bishop Augustine Hornyak O.S.B.M, the first Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said:

' I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Bishop Augustine Hornyak. As the first Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainian Catholic in the British Isles, Bishop Augustine was a welcome and much admired member of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

He was closely attached to Westminster Diocese, and was a man who guided and inspired his Community with prayerful leadership and deeply held faith.

' I would like to extend my sympathy and condolence to all the clergy and people of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Great Britain. They can be assured of the prayers of the whole Catholic community in England and Wales at this time of great sadness.'

25 November 2003

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and Spiritual Leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England, has today sent a message of support to the England Rugby team as they prepare for the World Cup Final against Australia tomorrow.

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, who played rugby at a senior level in England and Italy, said:

As a life long rugby fan, I have followed the home nations' performances in this World Cup very closely and, like millions of others across the country, will be following every kick and tackle live on television tomorrow morning.

' We have seen some tremendous performances from the England team in this competition already and as we approach the climax of the tournament in Sydney, I know they will continue to do us all proud.'

22 November 2003

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said:

' It was with a profound sense of sadness that I heard of the terrorist atrocities in Istanbul and the many lives they have cost, including that of the British Consul General Roger Short.

' The thoughts and prayers of the whole Catholic community are with the families of all the victims and the Turkish people at this dreadful time.

Such indiscriminate violence is a terrible evil deserving of universal condemnation.
21 November 2003

Delivering the opening remarks at the Vincentian Millenium Partnership and Zacchaeus 2000 Trust's Economic Injustice Seminar in Westminster Hall, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, will say:

May I first say thank you for inviting me to be with you at the start of your conference today. I consider it a privilege to be among you, and I am pleased that you are among us, the diocese of Westminster. Looking at the extraordinary diversity of organisations represented here today, it feels a bit like a gathering of the clans. I sense something of a warrior spirit in the room. I suspect you mean it when you say Fighting economic injustice. I am reminded of the Duke of Wellington surveying the battlefield at Waterloo and particularly the serried ranks of the Guards regiments he remarked They may not frighten the enemy, but by God they frighten me!!...
19 November 2003

In this moving meditation, Cardinal Cormac invites us to gaze on the human face of Christ, and finds there suffering and forgiveness, as well as Gods desire for each of us to grow in compassion, trust and love.

To order a copy of The Human Face of God, please send a cheque for 2.15 made out to 'Westminster Cathedral Ltd' for the attention of Sian Davies at The Public Affairs Office, Archbishop's House, Westminster, London SW1P 1QJ. These booklets are otherwise available at The Westminster Cathedral gift shop, the CTS bookshop and other Catholic bookshops throughout the Westminster Diocese.
12 November 2003

Commenting today (Friday 6th November) in advance of services across England and Wales on Remembrance Sunday, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, said:

We must never forget the sacrifice that so many men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safeguard peace.

It is right for us to come together as a community to remember those who have died in the service of their country, both in the World wars and in conflicts since.

' We pray for those who have died and those who have served. We keep them and their families in our prayers.'

07 November 2003

Archbishop Michael Bowen enters a well earned retirement after many years of faithful and joyous service on behalf of the church. He has led by example and contributed enormously to the work of the Catholic Church, both nationally and in this southern corner of the country. For over thirty years he has served as a Bishop, first in Arundel and Brighton, my own former Diocese and for the past 26 years as Archbishop of Southwark...
06 November 2003

Reflecting on the Ad Limina visit to Rome of the English and Welsh Bishops, which included an audience with His Holiness Pope John Paul II in his Jubilee week, the Beatification of Mother Teresa and the elevation of Cardinal O'Brien, Archbishop of Edinburgh, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said.

' The eyes of the world have been on Rome over the past two weeks and from the events to mark the Holy Father's Jubilee, including the Beatification of Mother Teresa, to the consistory where Cardinal O'Brien received his red hat, there has been a real sense of joy, with the worldwide church coming together in celebration.

28 October 2003

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