Obituaries & Tributes


More than 1,200 attend funeral of Cardinal Cormac

The funeral of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster, took place at at Westminster Cathedral today. Cardinal Vincent Nichols was chief celebrant. Archbishop George Stack gave the homily.

More than 1,200 people attended, among them the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the former Bishop of London, Richard...

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Funeral homily: 'Cardinal Cormac was a priest to his fingertips'

Cardinal Cormac's coffin

The Most Revd George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, preached the homily at the Funeral Mass of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in Westminster Cathedral today.

One of Cardinal Cormac's auxiliary bishops serving the diocese of Westminster in the early 2000s, Archbishop Stack praised the late Cardinal and the ease with which he lived his vocational calling:

"He was comfortable in his ow...

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John Ruming: RIP

John Ruming

With sadness, we report the recent death of John Ruming at the age of 86. Having taken early retirement from a career in marketing in 1988, John was appointed at the first part-time paid worker for the National Liaison Committee (NJPN’s previous name). Almost his first action was to take six months’ unpaid leave to attend a course on Ignatian Spirituality at St Bueno’s in Flintshire. This...

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Ecumenical by necessity - remembering Reverend Seymour Dallas

Imagine a single diocese larger than England. Or traveling three days on a horse and then eight hours on a train to reach a synod meeting. Imagine officiating at a church service attended by 45 people who hailed from 13 different varieties of Christianity, none of whom belong to your church.

This month marks 100 years since the Reverend Seymour Dallas was killed in Flanders. This otherwis...

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Funeral rites for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Here you will find details of upcoming Funeral rites for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

CHISWICK Our Lady of Grace and St Edward Cardinal Cormac’s remains will be received into Our Lady of Grace and St Edward’s in Chiswick at 8pm, Sunday 10 September. The church will remain open until 10pm for parishioners and visitors to pay...

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Reflection: The gift of two Cardinals - to die a good death

la façon de mourir - Last year (2016) when he spoke on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, on the eve of Remembrance Day, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O' Connor focused on the theme of a “good death”. He was quoted as saying:

“In spite of all our weaknesses and failures, God loves us and so death must be of a piece with life. With the help of God I hope I will be able to face it,...

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Tributes to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Many tributes and condolence messages have been arriving following the death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor yesterday afternoon. The following messages are from Pope Francis, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, European Bishops, The Constantinian Order and Newman University.

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Obituary: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who became the tenth Archbishop of Westminster (2000-09), was born in Reading on 24 February 1932, the fifth son of Dr George Murphy-O’Connor and his wife Ellen. His parents originally came from County Cork.

He was educated at the Presentation College, Reading, and Prior Park College in Bath. During the Holy Year of 1950 he began to train as a priest for the dioc...

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Tribute to Malcolm McIntosh

I first knew Malcolm, as a student at Strawberry Hill. I had just stood down as President of the Union and had two years of study ahead of me. I befriended two First Year women, both from Rock Ferry Convent, Tricia and Clare. I married Clare and Tricia married Angus, Malcolm’s brother. Because we formed somewhat of a group of friends, Malcolm was always an enlivening part of the scene. I reme...

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Pakistan: Love in abundance at Dr Ruth Pfau's state funeral

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The devoted German/Pakistani humanitarian Dr Ruth Pfau was laid to rest in the Christian Cemetery in Karachi on Saturday, 19 August. Ruth was a member of the Order of nuns called The Daughters of the Heart of Mary.

Dr Pfau used to say: "Love will have the last word." Love was indeed in abundance at the state funeral as people laid bare their feelings for the great humanitarian who had bee...

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Tribute to Sister Mary Hayden

Sr Mary Hayden – A gift of self

We give thanks for the life of an extraordinary woman, Sr Mary Hayden – missionary, visionary and pioneer – who at a young age ‘fell in love with Jesus’ and chose to follow Him, imitate Him and serve Him through a life dedicated to looking after His sheep. ‘Personal, conscious, contact with Christ’, was the fundamental practice that s...

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Vin Garbutt, 'Teeside Troubadour' - RIP

Vin Garbutt

David Alton writes: Vin Garbutt - a great folk singer who refused to sing songs that betrayed his beliefs- has died. The Teeside Troubadour was the northern antidote to metropolitan attitudes formed in the Islington wine bar and his songs combined social conscience, protest, humour and righteous anger.

He was never tamed by coercive liberalism. Revealingly, despite six acclaimed ...

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Obituary: Kevin McNamara

Former Catholic Labour MP for Hull Central, Kevin McNamara, has died at the age of 82.

In his earlier life, Kevin studied for a law degree at the University of Hull, prior to going on to teach history at St Mary’s grammar school in Hull. He met his wife Nora, whilst studying law, marrying in 1960.

Following his school years, he did two years (1964 to 1966) as a law lecturer at Hul...

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Joaquín Navarro-Valls has died

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The former Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, died yesterday, 5 July 2017, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Navarro trained as a medical doctor with a specialization in psychiatry, as well as in journalism, moving to Rome in the early 1970’s, becoming a foreign correspondent and eventually being elected president of the forei...

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