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Cardinal Cormac undergoes hip replacement

 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor entered hospital yesterday for hip replacement surgery. The procedure is routine and was carried out this morning. A spokesperson for the Cardinal said: "Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor went into hospital on Wednesday for a hip replacement operation. The operation is on his left hip and took place on Thursday morning. "The Cardinal will remain in hospital until just before Christmas and will return to public engagements at the end of January." Bishop Jim O'Brien, senior Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese will take over day to day administrative duties while the Cardinal is in hospital and Bishop George Stack will celebrate Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Christmas Eve. Well wishers are asked to send any messages to the Cardinal at Archbishop's House, Westminster. Source: Archbishops House