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Cardinal Godfrey Anxiety about illness

Catholic Herald Reporter NO change has b2cn reported in the condition of Cardinal Godfrey who entered the Westminster Hospital, London, on Monday for treatment of an undisclosed illness. No bulletin on his condition has been issued either by the hospital authorities or from Archbishop's House.

Catholics throughout Britain have expressed anxiety about the nature and seriousness of his condition. The illness is understood to be serious and to require special treatment.

It has been known for several months that the Cardinal, who is 73, has not been in the best of health. The

extra work placed on him by the Vatican Council has imposed a heavy additional strain. As a-member of the Central Preparatory Com mission, he tra

velled to Rome operation on several occasions between Autumn 1961 and Summer 1962. He was also in Rome for the first session of the Council Ilrom October to December last.

Since his return to England, Cardinal Godfrey has not appeared at any major public function nor did he take part, as is his custom. in the important Cathedral ceremonies for Christmas and the New Year.

It is known that his doctors had been advising him for some time to rest but his natural disposition has been to perform his usual duties as far and as long as possible.

The Cardinal's last illness was in 1961 when he had an operation for an undisclosed illness.

Two days before he entered hospital, he addressed the following letter to the clergy of the Archdiocese:

"As I think you already know. for some time now I have not enjoyed very good health; and since my return from Rome last month, though continuing to deal with administrative matters,

have had to withdraw from public engagements and ceremonies.

"Now, on the advice of my doctors. I am shortly to enter hospital in order to have treatment. Correspondence should, however, continue to be addressed to Archbishop's House, Westminster.

"In sending you my greetings and blessing for the New Year. I commend myself to your prayers and to those of your people."

A bulletin from the Wrightington Orthopaedic Hospital near Wigan, I.anes. on Wednesday, reported that Bishop Beck of Salford had undergone a successful operation for an arthritic hip condition. His condition was described as "very satisfactory" and he is expected to remain only a few weeks in hospital.


AA NIGHT of prayer for Christian Unity will take place in Walsingham next Saturday, January 19. Organised by the All Night Vigil Group. the pilgrimage will leave Westminster Cathedral at 4 p.m. on Saturday, spend the night in Walsingham, and return to London on Sunday in time to attend the Trafalgar Square rally at 3 p.m.

Places on the Walsingham coaches (30s. each, including fare and breakfast) may be hooked through Walsingham Secretary, 3 Oakhill Road, Putney, S.W.15.

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