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A century of growth built on the firmest foundations

Speaking following the mass to mark the centenary of the death of Cardinal Vaughan, which was celebrated at Mill Hill on Thursday 19th June 2003, and in advance of this Thursday's memorial mass in Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, said:

At heart Cardinal Vaughan was a missionary. He lived to spread the Word of God, and throughout his life he built many of the strong foundations that support so much of our work and make the Catholic Church the diverse and vibrant community it is today.

23 June 2003

Speaking following Sundays Ordination to the Diaconate of two Westminster seminarians, Philip Dyer-Perry and Michael Dunne, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, has highlighted the importance of the At Your Word, Lord Diocesan renewal programme as a means of promoting and encouraging future vocations to the Priesthood.
17 June 2003

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, will today (Wednesday 11th June) present the Royal Fine Art Commission Trusts Building of the Year Awards 2003. The Cardinal will use his remarks to call for a greater awareness of the way building design impacts on the spirit and identity of a city and its citizens.
11 June 2003

Speaking following yesterdays mass for the young people of Westminster Diocese, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, said:

' I was delighted that 400 young people from across Westminster Diocese were able to join me for our celebration mass for the Feast of Pentecost in the Cathedral on Sunday evening.

This was the first of a series of masses for young adults that we will be holding and I was honoured to witness the enthusiasm and commitment of the many young people of our Diocese who were able to attend. Together we explored the glory of the Holy Spirit as he descended on the Apostles that day and called for the same inspiration to fill us and guide us in our own daily lives.

The service, and our discussions afterwards in Cathedral Hall, showed clearly the different ways these young people are guided by the Holy Spirit. They face the many and diverse challenges of modern society but do so with hope and a confidence that can only come from knowing the Living Christ.

The Catholic Church in Westminster Diocese is blessed by the Faith of its young people. May they continue to grow in strength and determination and, with all of us, gain an even deeper understanding of the mysteries of our Faith.
09 June 2003

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, has today urged the people and parishioners of his Diocese to find time this week to pray for peace and justice for the people of Zimbabwe. The Cardinal, who made the call following reports on the continuing tense situation in the country and a Government crackdown on opposition protests
03 June 2003

Issued by:
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster
The Free Churches Moderator, Revd David Coffey.
The Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks
Shaikh Dr Zaki Badawi, Chairman of the Council of Mosques and Imams UK
Reverend Esme Beswick, Co-President of Churches Together in England

We have gathered against the backdrop of military action in Iraq involving British forces. They, their families and everyone caught up in this conflict are in our thoughts and prayers-especially those whose lives or loved ones have been lost.
As religious leaders from several faiths, we are here to signal the common ground on which we stand and to reaffirm the values we share at this time of tension, conflict and discord.
We pray that almighty God will grant wisdom, judgement and compassion to the political and military leaders who carry the immense burden of responsibility for the way this war is prosecuted.
Respect for every human being in times of armed conflict, as set out in the Geneva conventions and protocols, must be guaranteed on all sides. The rights and needs of civilians innocently affected by the conflict must be fully protected.
This is a conflict neither about religion nor between religions. We completely reject any attempt to misrepresent it in this way. As Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in this country, we believe that it is vital, amid so much uncertainty and turmoil, to resist any attempt to drive our communities apart.
We commend the continuing efforts being made in Britain to build a society in which different faith communities can flourish side-by-side in mutual respect and harmony.
We urge all communities to maintain their commitment to this goal, at a time when it may come under strain. We commit ourselves fully to strive to that end, for the sake of our shared well-being and as a mark of our commitment to a more harmonious, less conflict-ridden world.
Although, sadly, the diplomatic road is currently blocked, military action can only be a limited means to an end. We pray that early efforts to achieve a just, lasting and secure peace both in Iraq and throughout the Middle East may follow swiftly in the footsteps of war. We urge those with the power to help make real this vision, to remain true, amid the clamour of conflict, to that noble and vital purpose.
It is a vision which we commend in the confident belief that by so doing we are acting in the true interests of our God given humanity.
21 March 2003

A Statement on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales from the Chairman of the Bishops' Department of International Affairs
The Iraq Crisis

It seems efforts to find a peaceful diplomatic solution to the Iraq crisis have not succeeded and military action is now imminent. The arguments surrounding the use of force have been discussed exhaustively and profound disagreements remain among people of good will as to the right course of action. Yet it is important at this time of great fear and tension to look at what brings us together ' our common humanity and our shared faith. Whatever our beliefs about the crisis, praying together is our first duty. This is an expression of our faith, and is a true act of service. We pray all those caught up in the horror of war, above all the innocent civilians of Iraq, will be touched by God's mercy. We pray for our leaders that they will recognise that reconciliation and justice are the only grounds for true and lasting peace. We must show our solidarity with those most affected by the consequences of military action, whether they be members of the armed forces and their families, or those groups in this country who might be the victims of prejudice.
Finally, in the midst of preparation for war we remember our true vocation is to be builders of peace: in other words that tranquillity of order - based on truth, justice, freedom and love - to which the Gospel calls us.
18 March 2003

Following a recent private meeting, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, have issued the following statement concerning Iraq.

War is always a deeply disturbing prospect; one that can never be contemplated without a sense of failure and regret that other means have not prevailed, and deep disquiet about all that may come in its train.

20 February 2003


Bishop Harvey - 'gave enormous service to the Diocese'
Bishop Philip Harvey, auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, died on Sunday 2nd February 2003 after a long illness. He was born on 6th March 1915 in Richmond, Surrey, one of three children of William and Elizabeth Harvey.

03 February 2003

The Cardinal's tough stand on abuse - Murphy-O'Connor warns bishops.
Britain is a pagan society, says Cardinal - The Roman Catholic leader says he believes the Church can survive its crisis.
A good and honest man - Editorial Comment

20 January 2003

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