Cardinal News Archive
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales and Archbishop of Westminster, led the Bishops of England & Wales in their tributes to Pope John Paul II on his Silver Jubilee today (Thursday). Speaking on Radio 4's Today Programme, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, said:
' His whole life and mission, as priest, bishop, pope, has been to communicate to people worldwide that you will only be free if you order your life by what is true. In season and out, he has waged a battle against the moral confusion of these times.'
Speaking in advance of the five yearly 'Ad Limina' visit of the Bishops of England and Wales to Rome, where they will hold a series of meetings with His Holiness Pope John Paul II and Vatican officials and participate in the events to mark the Holy Father's 25th anniversary and the beatification of Mother Theresa, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said:
'I am delighted that the English and Welsh Bishops are making their regular five yearly visit to Rome at such an important time for the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, will this weekend celebrate Mass at Stockholm Cathedral to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Stockholm. The Cardinal is representing His Holiness Pope John Paul II at the celebrations.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has expressed his 'delight' at the appointment of Archbishop Keith O'Brien as Scotland's third post-reformation Cardinal. Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said:
“ I was delighted to hear the news that Archbishop O'Brien has been named as a Cardinal. He is a man of strong faith and this announcement is a recognition not only of his own many years of service but also of the standing of the Scottish Catholic Church.
'His appointment is good news for the church, in Scotland, and throughout these Islands and I look forward to working closely with Cardinal O'Brien in the years ahead.'
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, will this evening (Friday 26th September) celebrate Mass to mark the launch of At Your Word, Lord, the programme of spiritual and personal renewal in the Diocese of Westminster. The Mass, which will take place at Wembley Arena, will involve 12,000 people from parishes across London and Hertfordshire and will be the largest Mass of its kind in London since the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1982.
“ I am very happy to be with you today on the occasion of the Catholic Women of the Year celebration especially as it is your 35th birthday. So – first a special word of congratulation to your Chairman Angela and all those who are so generous with their time and energy on your, indeed on all our behalves...
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has today released details of his itinerary for the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to Rome. The Cardinal has invited the Archbishop of Canterbury to use his Titular Church in Rome, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, for Evensong on Saturday October 3rd and will be joining the Archbishop for his audience with His Holiness Pope John Paul II earlier that day.
Extracts from the Cardinal's Lecture at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor speaking at the Catholic Association for Racial Justice Congress today (Friday 12th September) called for a redoubling of efforts by the church and society to address the issue of institutional racism. The Cardinal said:
'As Christians and Catholics we have a special responsibility to work for the transformation of attitudes in our homes, our workplaces and in our communities which will render that term (institutional racism) an anachronism.
'My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
'What we hear, what we say, and how we hear, how we speak, determine to a great extent what we do – and eventually make us what we are. It is crucial, as Christians, that each of us has an ear that is attuned to Christ’s ceaseless call to leave other things and to follow Him.