Farewell to the Cardinal who helped make Catholicism part of the British mainstream

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Bishops and priests greet mourners after the Requiem Mass for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor at Westminster Cathedral today. Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was among more than 1,000 people present.Christian Today

Nearly 50 bishops, 250 priests, 35 deacons and hundreds of laity along with Archbishops from Anglican, Coptic and Orthodox Churches gathered in a two-hour Requiem Mass to say farewell to the much-loved former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

The Mass was at once a thanksgiving for the death and resurrection of Christ and for the gift of life, as well as a commendation of the soul of the Cardinal to the mercy of God. It was also designed to give comfort to the mourners. Music was important to the Cardinal, a gifted pianist, throughout his life and the Mass included part of Fauré’s Requiem as well as traditional plainsong sung by the Westminster Cathedral Choir.

The celebrant was the current

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