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Cardinal's statement on occasion of Pope Benedict's 80th birthday

posted on 19 April 2007

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor celebrated Mass on Monday 16 April at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope Benedict’s 80th birthday.  On behalf of all Catholics in England and Wales, the Cardinal also wrote to Pope Benedict to offer sincere good wishes and prayers on this happy occasion.  (Full text of letter below).


“This week we celebrate with joy the eightieth birthday of Pope Benedict and the second anniversary of his election as the successor of Peter,” said the Cardinal.


“The Holy Father is a man who has dedicated his life to prayer, study, reflection and teaching in faithful service of God and the Church.


“On behalf of all Catholics in England and Wales I am pleased to offer Pope Benedict our sincere devotion and our prayers for his continued good health and fruitful ministry.”


Letter to Pope Benedict from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor


Most Holy Father,


On the occasion of your eightieth birthday I write on behalf of the laity, religious clergy and Bishops of England and Wales to offer our sincere good wishes and prayers for you on this happy occasion.


It is also a welcome opportunity to thank you for the content and manner of your ministry as Peter during the last two years.


For our part, we, the Catholics of England and Wales have been noted always for our allegiance and devotion to the Holy See.  On behalf of us all I affirm again our loyalty and affection for you as the successor of Peter.


The Bishops will shortly be together for the Plenary Meeting of our Conference.  On Monday, 23 April 2007 we will celebrate Mass together for your intentions.


May God continue to bless you in the Petrine Ministry and be assured of our prayers for you on the occasion of your birthday.


Yours devotedly in the Lord,


Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor


Archbishop of  Westminster

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posted on 19 April 2007

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