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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor visits Poland

posted on 06 March 2008

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, has concluded a two-day visit to Warsaw, Poland. 

The visit, from 4-5 March 2008, took place at the invitation of the Polish Episcopal Conference.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said:

 I would like to express my gratitude to Cardinal Jzef Glemp, Primate of Poland, Archbishop Jzef Michalik, President of the Polish Episcopal Conference, and to Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, for their gracious hospitality during my stay in Poland.

Whilst in Warsaw, I was privileged to visit Warsaw Cathedral in the company of Cardinal Jzef Glemp.  Rebuilt following its destruction during World War II, it stands as a symbol of the fortitude of the Polish nation and the continuing vitality of its Catholic faith.

I was also very moved by my visit to the tomb of Fr Jerzy Popieluszko at the Church of St Stanislaw Kostka.  Murdered by the Polish secret police in 1984, his pastoral ministry to those opposed to the oppression of the Communist era demonstrates the importance of defending truth and mans dignity.

Pastoral care of Polish migrants in England and Wales.

During his visit to Warsaw, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor spoke to the 344th General Assembly meeting of the Polish Episcopal Conference about the pastoral care of Polish migrants in England and Wales.

Speaking before his departure from Poland, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: 

It is important that we are able to ensure the pastoral care and spiritual well being of Polish migrants in England and Wales.  This includes provision for the celebration of the sacraments in Polish as people must have the opportunity to celebrate their faith in ways they are used to.

I am confident that the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and the Polish Episcopal Conference will be able to work together to put in place appropriate structures able to deal with the realities of migration in 21st century Europe. 

This will include, as we have agreed today in Warsaw, the establishment of a working group made up of representatives of our two Conferences, to advise how we can together continue to be at the service of the people God has entrusted to our care.  In this, I am greatly heartened by the encouragement given to us Bishops in Erga migrantes caritas Christi:  the churches of their origin have the responsibility of cooperating with the churches of arrival to facilitate efficacious and suitable pastoral assistance.

The Polish Episcopal Conference is the equivalent of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
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posted on 06 March 2008

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