Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor Honors 2 Mothers

LOURDES, France, JULY 25, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The archbishop of Westminster offered the example of two mothers who lost their sons in the recent London bombings, as a source of inspiration.

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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor paid tribute to the families of 26-year-old Anthony Fatayi-Williams and 22-year-old Kieran Cassidy, two of the victims of the July 7 bombings, in a homily on the first day of the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes this week.

The cardinal likened their mothers’ faith to that of Mary at the foot of the Cross.

Like Mary, he said, the women «knew the desolation and suffering and agony of her son. And yet they knew that also in some way there would be resurrection, there would be hope, there would be meaning.»

In a message read at the funeral of Fatayi-Williams on Saturday, the cardinal described the response of his mother, Marie Fatayi-Williams, as «a beacon that should guide Britain’s response to terrorism.»

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