By a special correspondent
are being planned for June 26, the sixtieth anniversary of the first time Westminster Cathedral was used. a Cathedral spokesman said this week. This is understood to he partly because there is no Archbishop of Westminster at the moment and partly because the Diamond Jubilee of the actual dedication will not occur until 1971. Cardinal Vaughan's Requiem, 'which was held in Ihe rugged, undecorated shell of the Cathedral on June 26, 1903, was generally regarded as the opening of the cathedral, although the idea of a cathedral worthy of the metropolitan see of Westminster had been put forward as early as the middle of the last century by Cardinal Wiseman. Cardinal Wiseman's successor. supported the
Cardinal Manning, suppo
idea. but considered that school building was a greater priority `teed at that time. Nevertheless hemanaged to acquire the cathedral site. This was a plot of land originally occupied by the former Westminster Bridewell. Cardinal Vaughan, who succeeded Cardinal Manning. was the person who was responsible for actual building, ilding, designed by John Francis Bentley, a wellknown Catholic architect of the day.
After rejecting the more usual styles—Renaissance and Gothic— because of the existence of Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral and the genuine Gothic of Westminster Abbey. Cardinal Vaughan chose the Byzantine style, and Bentley spent three months on the continent studying Byzantine-style churches before making his final drawings. The foundation stone was laid in 1895. but the architect did not live to see the project completed. He died in March 1902. before he could receive the Gold Medal for which the Royal Institute of British Architects had nominated him. Cardinal Vaughan, his patron. died fifteen months later. The annual Feast of the Dedication, which took place on June 28. 1911, has been put forward to February 13 in every year, because it coincides with the Vigil of SS. Peter and Paid.