By: Jo Siedlecka
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 Chartres, Coptic Archbishop Angaelos, many politicians, including former Irish president Mary McAleese and Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg, together with 47 bishops and more than 250 priests.
Cardinal Cormac died on 1 September after a short illness. He was 85 years old. His body was first brought to the church of Our Lady of Grace in Chiswick, west London - the parish where he lived in his retirement - and then to Westminster Cathedral where he lay in state yesterday. The Cardinal's nephew, Patrick Murphy-O'Connor, said there were around 95 relatives present. Patrick paid tribute to his uncle's devotion to his family, saying he was "much-loved and he would do anything for his family."
Cardinal Cormac will be buried under the tenth Station of the Cross in the Cathedral - a place he chose himself.
Read Archbishop’s Stack’s homily here: Cardinal Cormac was a priest to his fingertips - www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33390
Reflection: The gift of two Cardinals - to die a good death - www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33308
Tributes to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor - www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33304
Obituary - www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33303
and Message from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor - www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33301