Page 2, 28th November 1975

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Page 2, 28th November 1975 — Rome Requiem for Cardinal Heenan

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From a Special Correspondent in Rome CARDINAL James Robert Knox, Prefect of the Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, last week presided over a Requiem Mass for Cardinal John Carmel Heenan of Westminster.

The Mass. concelebrated by more than 30 priests. was held in the late Cardinal's Titular Church in Rome of San Silvestro in Capite. which two centuries ago had been especially dedicated to the service of English-speaking residents of Rome and visitors, • Cardinal John J. Wright. Prefect • of the Congregation for the Clergy: • Cardinal Jan Willebrands, President .of the Secretarial for Promoting Christian Unity. and Cardinal Sergio Pignedoli, President of the Secretariat for Non-Christians and a former Apostolic Delegate to Canada, attended the Requiem.

The choir of the Venerable English College in Rome sang and Mgr Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Rector of the English College, gave the eulogy, while the Rector of Silvestro, Fr Seamus Freeman, was one of the chief concelebrants.

San Silvestro overflowed with members of the English Catholic colony in Rome, led by the British Minister to the Holy See and members of the British Embassy to the Quirinale. as well as many pastors and members of the English-language Protestant Confessions here.

Mgr Murphy-O'Connor. recalling Cardinal Heenan's formative years in Rome and his work in England. said "It is difficult for those of us who remember the past 30 years to think of the Church in England —and I use that word in its

widest meaning — without his presence and inspiration. "In a very real way, in his life as parish priest. as head of the Catholic Missionary Society and successively bishop of three dioceses. he incarnated, as it were, the impulse and the thrust of the Catholic Church in England .. .

"Cardinal Heenan brought great gifts to his ministry as a priest — a courageous nature, an immense capacity for work, a fluency of speech and an immense zeal for the Kingdon of God".

Mgr Murphy-O'Connor spoke of the Cardinal's work with the mass media: "A director of television once told me that he always held Cardinal Heenan as the model of what communication was meant to be, for he had, he said, a simplicity, a quickness of mind and an instinctive sympathy with the people who watched and listened which never left him . . .

"When people look for a leader, they look for a man of courage and boldness. for wisdom and shrewness. John Heenan NUS all of these. and that is the reason why so manybishops. priests and people gase him their utter confidence and trust-.

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