Cardinal presents Papal Honour to Annie Maguire
posted on 18 May 2005
Annie Maguire, one of the ‘Maguire Seven’ whose wrongful imprisonment came to an end in 1991, is set to receive a papal honour this Sunday (22 May) from the Archbishop of Westminster.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will present her with the Bene Merenti Medal at the conclusion of the 11.30am Mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish, Quex Road, London NW6 4PS.
In February this year, the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, issued a public apology to the Maguire Seven and the Guildford Four for the miscarriages of justice they had suffered.
Before he died, Pope John Paul II bestowed the honour on Mrs. Annie Maguire in recognition of her work for her parish, family and community.
Her parish priest, Fr Francis Ryan OMI, said:
“In her younger days Annie was very involved in her parish in West Kilburn before she and her family were thrust into the national headlines for tragic events which happened in Guildford in 1974.”
“Injustice and discrimination often lead to anger and revenge. The Maguires had more reason than most to be angry. But Annie was bigger than the injustice she suffered, and through time and prayer she came right in the end. Throughout the ordeal she never lost her dignity or became bitter, and has continued since then to inspire those around her.”
“Annie continues to work for her family, parish and community. She has carried the burdens inflicted on her with dignity, and has worked for the good of those around her. All these are acknowledged in this award.”