Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has celebrated Mass in his titular church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva on the eve of the Consistory which will make his successor as Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols a Cardinal. Special prayers were said for the new Cardinal at the Mass.
In his homily, the Cardinal spoke of the ‘Year of the Two Popes – 2013’ and the ‘Year of the Two Cardinals – 2014’.
He said that it is “the first time that there have been two Cardinals in England since Blessed John Henry Newman and Cardinal Manning both held that office.”
He also spoke of the beauty of his titular church – famous for the tomb of St Catherine of Siena, Co-Patroness of Europe – a fearless woman who, according to John Paul II “dived into the thick of the ecclesiastical and social issues of her time (the 14th century)”.
She was a woman who told the Pope to “go back to Rome” and “told the cardinals, too, to be silent no longer, urging them to be brave and speak out in the name of peace.”
Cardinal-Designate Vincent Nichols will be appointed titular bishop to a Roman church at tomorrow’s Consistory and will also receive his red biretta.
At tonight’s Mass Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor prayed for Cardinal-Designate Vincent Nichols:
“We pray that he will lead the Church in England and Wales with renewed courage and wisdom. We pray that he will receive grace from God to assist the Holy Father and to be open to his guidance in every way.”
Cardinal Cormac also remember Pope Francis in prayer:
“We also pray for Pope Francis, as he carries the Cross as Jesus did, that he will continue to inspire Christ’s faithful people with the joy of the Gospel.”
Tomorrow’s Consistory creates 19 new Cardinals for the Catholic Church.
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