Just before the death of Cardinal Cormac on Friday 1st September, Cardinal Vincent Nichols published a letter he had received from Cardinal Cormac. Fr. Alan read the letter at Mass today, and the text of the letter is reproduced below.
Bishop Richard has asked for prayers for Cardinal Cormac. He writes:
Dear Fathers and colleagues,
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor is seriously ill in hospital and I would ask you to remember him very specially in your prayers.
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,