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Westminster Cathedral:

This is a long-awaited and happy day for the Diocese of Westminster. In the first reading, the Lord says, 'I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view' (Ezek. 34:11). Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd who keeps everyone in view, knows each one by name. But to be shepherding in His name, to keep all of this large and great Diocese in view, help is needed...
10 May 2001

Cathedral of Our Lady and St Thomas, Northampton:

There are many special moments in the ordination ceremony of a bishop. One particularly moving one is when the pastoral staff is passed on by the former bishop to the new bishop. Today it is being passed on by Bishop Leo to Bishop-elect Kevin, from one apostle to another. Both bishops have and will proclaim the same message, but there is a different voice and person. In the words of the Prophet Jeremiah, 'The Lord said, I will give you shepherds after my own heart.' Today, dear sisters and brothers in Christ, you have a new shepherd and the Diocese of Northampton is filled with joy as the People of God know that the Church, this local Church, will continue to be complete, whole, containing all that is necessary to belong and to be part of the Church of Jesus Christ....
03 May 2001

In his Easter sermon, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, proclaims the traditional Easter message of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He begins with a critique of contemporary society saying that, 'we live in a world that dampens faith, and can quickly diminish the joy and newness of the Good News of Jesus Christ, a culture that seeks to sway you from the search for goodness.'
15 April 2001

17 September, 2000 - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In the Gospel that you will hear next week, Jesus says this: 'If anyone wants to be first he must make himself last of all and servant of all'. Then he took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms around him and said to them 'Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes not me, but the One who sent me' (Mk. 9:36-37). These words of Jesus strike a deep chord in us all. They also touch on a sensitive and very important subject on which I wish to speak to you today. ...
17 September 2000

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It with a sense of hope and expectation that I speak and write to you for the first time as Archbishop of Westminster. It is very appropriate that I should be doing this on this great feast of Pentecost. This feast is often called the birthday of the Church because on this day the Holy Spirit was poured into the hearts of those first disciples as they gathered together in the Upper Room. The gift of the Spirit was given to them so that they became not just a random collection of individuals but indeed the Body of Jesus Christ, the community that was, that is his Church...
11 June 2000

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