Message from the Queen AMESSAGE from the Holy Father expressing his grief at the death of a dearly beloved son " and from the Queen expressing her " great sorrow " have been received at Archbishop's House, Westminster, with many other messages from home and abroad.
The telegram from the Vatican reads: "Holy Father, deeply grieved to learn of the death of dearly beloved son Cardinal Bernard Griffin. conveys heartfelt condolences to Catholic Hierarchy of England and Wales and particularly the bereaved archdiocese of Westminster, invoking upon all heavenly consolations with assurance of prayerful remembrance for the repose of the soul of the deceased Archbishop."
The Queen's message reads:
"The Queen has learned with great sorrow of the death of Cardinal Griffin. Her Majesty extends her sympathy tu ail those of her subjects to whom his life and character have been an outstanding example and to whom his loss will bring distress."
From Rome too came a message from Cardinal Ottaviani, ProSecretary of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office.
Other members of the Sacred College who have sent messages are Cardinal Frings of Cologne. Cardinal Gracias of Bombay, Cardinal Wendel of Munich, Cardinal Gilroy of Sydney and Cardinal Lienart of Lille and Cardinal D'Alton of Armagh.
From the East came a message from Bishop Bianchi of Hong Kong.
Messages from Ireland included telegrams from Archbishop McQuaid of Dublin. President O'Kelly, the Prime Minister. Mr. Costello. from Mr. Dc Valera and from Dublin's Jewish Lord Mayor.
Telegrams have come also from the Italian Foreign Minister, Signor Martino. now in London for the Suez. Conference. the Chief Rabbi, Dr. Brodie. the Council of Christians and Jews. the Irish Ambassador to the Holy See, Mr. Cremin. the laypresident of Catholic Action in Italy. Dr. Veronese, and his staff, from the University of Louvain and from the staff and children of Fr. Hudson's Homes, where the Cardinal was for years the Father Administrator.
Nationwide tributes were paid to Cardinal Griffin in the secular press, in B.B.C. sound and television broadcasts and in ITV news.
Archbishop Griinshaw of Birmingham was one of the most singleminded men I have ever concerned.
far as his work was
One of his troubles was that he would never relax; his hobby was his work. Even during his last illness I saw him in bed planning his future work.
He was extremely brave. He told me the last time I saw him that he thought he might live for another two years, and he meant to make the best use of that time.
He knew exactly what was the
matter with him and what his chances were.
1 think there is no doubt he had a very deep place in ordinary people's affection.
Archbishop O'Hara, Apostolic Delegate IT is no exaggeration to say that during the past five years all England, and hundreds of thousands of others beyond these shores, have stood in admiration before the unflinching courage of Cardinal Griffin in his gallant fight to continue his work as the chief shepherd of the archdiocese of Westminster in the face of a prolonged and serious illness.
Dr. Wand, former Bishop of London
IN him London has lost a good citizen* and a wise leader whose outstanding friendliness made daily life better and happier for us all.
1.1"E was always a believer in the policy of strengthening through personal contacts the bonds that unite Roman Catholics throughout the world. and until his health broke down in January, 1949, he showed phenomenal energy in a series of official visits which he paid to the hierarchies of many countries.
HEaccomplished much and was always worthy of the place he filled and the tasks he was given. In sickness as in health he had purpose and courage, for he had faith both in God and in the people he served.
`Birmingham Post' DR. Ci R 1-1-1 N was endowed wilb an unusual combination of youthful enthusiasm and mature wisdom and learning. which earned him both the admiration, of his elders and the affection of the young.
His broad and sympathetic humanity respected—and the respect was returned—other creeds and other political views than his own.
`Liverpool Daily Post'
LAST saw Cardinal Griffin, 1 resplendent in his robes. genially applauding a piece of secular music a hand had been playing at a crowded reception. It was a characteristic picture of a very dignified but also a very human personality.
London 'Evening Standard'
GEORGE Malcolm Thompson:
His monument is a respectful nation. a mourning flock, and a Church more powerful than when his reign began.