Cardinal Nichols offers prayers for victims of London explosion

Following the terrorist act on a train at Parsons Green Underground Station on Friday September 15, Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued the following statement: “I am dismayed at yet another cowardly attack on innocent people, including young children, as they were commuting to work and school this morning. “I pray for all who were injured in the blast and in the ensuing stampede, and for all who were affected by the incident. May God grant them and all Londoners peace and strengthen our resolve to stand against…

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Funeral details announced for Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor

The funeral of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will take place on Wednesday 13 September at Westminster Cathedral. His body will be received into the cathedral on Tuesday morning, before lying in state throughout the day.  Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Solemn Vespers at 5pm that evening and Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham will preach. The Requiem Mass, which will be a ticket-only event, will take place at noon the following day, celebrated by Cardinal Nichols. Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff, who served as an auxiliary bishop for over ten years under…

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Pope sends condolences on the death of Card Murphy O’Connor

Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolence to the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the passing of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster. The Holy Father said he was deeply saddened to learn of his death. In the telegramme the Pope recalled “with immense gratitude the late Cardinal’s distinguished service to the Church in England and Wales, his unwavering devotion to the preaching of the Gospel and the care of the poor. He also remembered his far-sighted commitment to the advancement of ecumenical and interreligious understanding.…

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Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor turns 85

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has offered his prayers and good wishes to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor as he turns 85. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, who served as Archbishop of Westminster from 2000 to 2009, has been seriously ill in hospital since last week. This Thursday is his 85th birthday. Cardinal Nichols wished his predecessor a “most peaceful and happy birthday, one full of thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings”. “We assure you of our prayers and love at this time,” the cardinal added. “May God fill you with the joy of knowing that you…

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Cardinal Nichols’ statement on death of Charlie Gard

The Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has issued a statement following news of the death of Charlie Gard, the young child afflicted with a  rare genetic disorder, who was at the centre of a highly publicized dispute in the British court system. Cardinal Nichols says he is, “deeply saddened” by Charlie’s passing, and offers his “sincere and profound condolences” to Charlie’s parents,Chris Gard and Connie Yates, “who have treasured him with such strong and undiminished love.” On Friday evening, Pope Francis offered prayers for Charlie and his…

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Scotland to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Scotland is to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the first time. The act of consecration will be carried out by the country’s bishops at the national Marian shrine at Carfin on September 3. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley has asked Catholics to take part in Forty Days of spiritual preparation for the event. On his Facebook page he wrote: “I shall be doing it daily and warmly invite everyone of you to join me. “The consecration depends on fervent national preparation. Please share (I rarely ask this but this is…

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Cardinal Nichols ordains seven new priests

Cardinal Vincent Nichols ordained seven men to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday. The cardinal described priests’ ministry in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, saying how clergy prayed for the dead and sprinkled holy water on the debris. “This, for me, is a most remarkable image of priesthood, etched in sharp detail against that blackened, towering skeleton,” he said.

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Eucharistic adoration shows God’s majesty, Cardinal Nichols says

The nature of the Eucharist calls Catholics to adoration, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said. In his pastoral letter for Corpus Christi, cited the Gospel and wrote that the act of adoration allows Catholics to see God in the flesh. “In my experience,” he wrote, “it takes time spent in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the Body and Blood of the Lord there in front of our eyes, before we realise that in his far depths our Godhead’s majesty is softly shining.” Cardinal Nichols also mentioned the parish of Corpus…

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Pope Francis sends condolences to London fire victims

Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to the victims and families of the Grenfall Tower fire in London. In the message signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy Father says he was “saddened to learn of the devastating fire in London and of the tragic loss of life and injury.” He also praised the efforts of the emergency services in reponding to the tragedy. Below is the Pope’s message addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster…

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Cardinal Nichols blesses crucifix that survived ISIS

An English cardinal and an Iraqi archbishop have jointly blessed a crucifix that survived the destruction of ISIS. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil met at Archbishop’s House in London to bless the crucifix, which, while still intact, had been found in the rubble left behind by ISIS in Iraq. The crucifix was discovered by Stephen Rasche, chief counsel and projects’ coordinator for the Chaldean Catholic Church. Mr Rasche spotted it half-buried outside St George’s Church, in Baqofah village, near the Iraqi town of Alqosh.…

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