Page 3, 14th December 2001

14th December 2001
Page 3
Page 3, 14th December 2001 — ueen invites Cardinal to preach

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.


Locations: Edinburgh, Windsor


Related articles

Cardinal Honours The Queen

Page 3 from 22nd March 2002

A Cardinal At Sandringham

Page 4 from 28th December 2001

Church Voice Is More Vital Than Ever, Says Cardinal

Page 2 from 6th March 2009

Cardinal Invited To Queen's Service

Page 3 from 11th January 2002

Paxman Joins Passage

Page 3 from 8th November 2002

ueen invites Cardinal to preach


lIII N'S unprecedented invitation to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor to stay at Sandringham and preach to the Royal family has been warmly received by Catholic commentators who say it will help towards dispelling the antagonism that has separated the Church of England and the

Catholic church for 500 years.

Last week Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen had invited the Cardinal to stay at her Norfolk estate on the weekend of January 12-13 and to preach at the Sunday morning service. Other members of the Royal family, including the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen Mother, are expected to -attend.

It will be the second time the Cardinal has stayed with the Royal household — in April this year he was invited to Windsor — but it is the first time a Catholic cardinal has preached in one of the Queen's churches. It is expected that he will preach at Mattins — the morning service — at a church on the Sandringham estate.

A spokesman for the Cardinal said he was "greatly

honoured" by the invitation which was made some weeks ago. The details came to light with the publication of the Queen's official engagements for January. Unofficially, the Catholic hierarchy is said to be pleased at the "warming" of relations described by a spokesman as -showing the Queen's openness and desire to promote ecumenical relationships".

Over the last two decades the Queen has helped to foster better ecumenical relations between the two churches.

In 1995 she attended vespers at Westminster Cathedral at the invitation of Cardinal Basil Hume whom she fondly called "my cardinal".

She was a known admirer of the late Cardinal Basil Hume and honoured him with the Order of Merit two weeks before his death from cancer in 1999. The invitation , coming at the start of the Queen's Jubilee Year, is a significant, symbolic gesture. Last month the Cardinal emphasised the close links between Christians when he called for Catholics to mark the Queen's Jubilee with special Masses at which the national anthem should be sung.

blog comments powered by Disqus