Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor has been taken seriously ill. In a letter to the Bishops, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has asked for prayers.
The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Bishop Richard Moth, writes:
"In a letter sent yesterday to all the Bishops, Cardinal Vincent writes: "these loving prayers are a source of great strength and comfort as he calmly ponders on all that lies ahead, all in God's good time. May the Lord strengthen him in faith and trust and may the prayers of the Church, which he loves so much, comfort and uphold him.”
As we all know, Cardinal Cormac holds this Diocese in great affection and will, I know, value the prayers of us all at this time.
With every blessing," +Richard"
Cardinal Cormac is 84. He served as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton from 1977, when he was appointed by Pope Paul VI, until 2000 when he was appointed Archbishop of Westminster by Pope John Paul II. He submitted his resignation as archbishop on reaching his 75th birthday in 2007; it was accepted on 3 April 2009 when Pope Benedict appointed Vincent Nichols as the new archbishop.