Vatican Radio reported September 1, 2017 that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster (Great Britain), died today. He was 85 and had been hospitalized with cancer since April.
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, announced the news in a statement: “I am writing to let you know the sad news that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor died peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by his family and friends. Please pray for the repose of his soul,” he wrote.
Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor Archbishop of Westminster, serving from in March 2000 until his retirement in 2009.
He was born on August 24, 1932 in Reading, Berkshire. He was one of six children; two of his five brothers became priests. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome in October 1956, and Pope St. John Paul II made him Cardinal in 2001.