By Staff Reporter posted Friday, 1 Sep 2017
The cardinal served as Archbishop of Westminster from 2000 to 2009
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former Archbishop of Westminster, has died at the age of 85.
The cardinal, who was the first Archbishop of Westminster to retire from office, passed away on Friday, September 1.
Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was born in Reading to a family who had emigrated from County Cork in Ireland. He was educated at Presentation College in Reading and Prior Park College in Bath before studying for the priesthood at the Venerable English College and the Pontifical Gregorian University.
He was ordained to the priesthood on October 28, 1956 and in 1966 became private secretary to Bishop Derek Worlock of Portsmouth, before being appointed rector of his alma mater, the Venerable English College, in 1971.
On November 17, 1977, he was named Bishop of Arundel and Brighton by Pope Paul VI, receiving his episcopal consecration that December.
He held the position for nearly 23 years before being appointed Archbishop of Westminster in February 2000. He was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II the following year.
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