Archbishop of Westminster

Addresses

  • Address to Lithuanian Seimas on Combatting Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

    Honourable members of the Siemas, your Excellencies, Sisters, ladies and gentlemen, It is a privilege to address you today. Thank you for the invitation and for your commitment in the fight against the evil of slavery.  I come here to repre...

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  • ‘Sure And Certain Hope’: Rebuilding Hope in Times when People Fear

      It is a joy to make my first visit (as patron) to St Ethelburga’s here in the heart of the City of London. I am looking forward to our conversations this evening. The idea for this centre, focused on conflict resolution and ‘makers of...

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  • St Brigid's Day Annual Lecture

    Good evening. Thank you for this invitation to be with you this evening. My thanks to Fr Eddie O'Donnell for his kind hospitality. Thank you all for coming.  You have invited me to reflect on the Year of Mercy which ended in November. I am gla...

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  • Pause for Thought

    A few weeks ago, I was invited out to dinner by a small group of women, living together in London, but coming from seven different countries. They provided food that was varied and delicious, as each had contributed to the meal from their own trad...

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  • The Secret of Christmas

    Here’s the secret of Christmas in 20 words: in Jesus, God embraces our poverty, so that in Jesus, God can raise us up to share in his glory. It’s a simple as that and as complex as we are!  We know our poverty: the shallowness of so many of ...

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  • Religion, Identity and Conflict

    Thanks to St Mary’s for this initiative, and its partnership with the Institut Catholique. Thanks to Dr Moran for his fascinating and first-hand experience in the work of reconciliation in Northern Ireland. We are privileged to have this pers...

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  • Academy Strategy Meeting

    Welcome to this historic event.  Not often have so many from our schools come together and certainly not in this distinguished hall. It gives me the opportunity of thanking you all for your tremendous work in Catholic education, in the schools an...

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  • CSAN Parliamentary Reception 2016

    Good afternoon, it is a pleasure to be here once again in Parliament for the sixth annual Caritas Social Action Network reception. It is greatly encouraging, as it is every year, to see so many charities, supporters and parliamentarians gathered t...

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  • Address to Pope Francis on Behalf of Santa Marta Group

    Most Holy Father, Thank you for this privilege of meeting with you today. We recall with joy your presence, on the 10 April 2014, at the first meeting of this Santa Marta Group. On that day, with your encouragement, we gave our commitment to deve...

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  • Building Trust

    My dear friends, I welcome you and thank you most sincerely for your presence and participation in this meeting. Many words of welcome and thanks have already been expressed and I do not need to repeat them, although they are strongly present i...

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  • Overview of Church's Teaching Regarding Vocations

    In the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi there are three paintings by Caravaggio telling the story of St Matthew. I am sure you are familiar with them. The first is entitled theCalling of St Matthew and it is an excellent starting point for these r...

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  • Launch of the Office of Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner

    Human trafficking and modern slavery are ‘grievous wounds in the flesh of humanity’.  These words were spoken by Pope Francis in April 2014 at a meeting in Rome bringing together representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the ...

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  • Priesthood in England and Wales

    I started serious preparation for this talk at the time of the Feast of the Assumption and l begin with a quotation from that Office of Readings, from the Letter to the Ephesians:  'I have never stopped thanking God for you. I remember you in ...

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  • Confinement Is not the Same Thing as Exclusion

    The title of this talk, ‘Confinement is not the same thing as exclusion’, is taken from words of Pope Francis spoken in the penitentiary in Philadelphia earlier this year. It reminds us that prisoners are never to be forgotten, written off. Ra...

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  • Conferment of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

    Vice-chancellor,  Thank you very much for the honour you bestow on me today. I am truly grateful for the recognition that this honorary degree represents: recognition not just of some personal achievements, elegantly presented by the universit...

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  • St Mary's Degree Ceremony 2016

    I am delighted to be here today to share with you in the satisfaction and pride of this moment.  Receiving your degrees is a special moment, one which marks a huge step in your lives and one which is rightly shared by family and friends. Congr...

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  • Message for Anglophone Safeguarding Conference 2016

    I am grateful to have this opportunity of expressing my greetings to you all as you gather for this Anglophone Safeguarding Conference at the invitation of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and the Bishops' Conference of Kenya. I regret...

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  • St Thomas Becket on Dialogue between Faith and the State

    Given at the Symposium on St Thomas Becket at Lambeth Palace on 27 May 2016.   

     

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  • UN Conference on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

    Given at the Special Conference held at the United Nations on 7 April 2016 on the combatting of human trafficking and modern slavery.  Mr President, Your Excellencies, Sisters, ladies and gentlemen,  I am honoured to address you this after...

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  • Living as a Creative Minority in the UK

    A few weeks ago, I entered the Chapel Royal in Hampton Court to celebrate Vespers. For the first time since the 1550s a Cardinal was to lead such prayer. It was another step in the ‘healing of an ancient wound’, to quote a phrase used at the f...

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  • Second International Coordination Meeting of Talitha Kum

    It is a pleasure to be with you this morning and I am grateful to Sr Patricia for her invitation to attend your second international coordination meeting. Thank you also to Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, our host who has shown such vision in carr...

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  • CATSC/CES Secondary Leaders' Conference

      In recent months I have met and talked with two people directly involved in the drama of the recruitment by ISIS of young people in this country. From their different perspectives, one in the context of a charity and the other in formal work...

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  • Christians of the Middle East Meeting with the Prince of Wales

    Your Royal Highness, It is my great pleasure, on behalf of all present today, to welcome you and to thank you for this initiative, calling much needed attention to the plight of Christians suffering death and persecution in many countries in the ...

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  • Proclaim Westminster Conference

    Last Sunday I celebrated my 70th birthday. It is supposed to be quite a landmark. I thoroughly enjoyed the moment except for the realisation that this marks the halfway mark in my allotted years here as Archbishop, God willing. That bothered me, b...

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  • CSAN Parliamentary Reception 2015

    Good afternoon; it is a pleasure to be back in Parliament for the fifth annual Caritas Social Action Network reception. I am delighted once again to see so many charities, supporters and parliamentarians gathered here for this special and importan...

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  • Commemoration of the Creation of the Synod of Bishops

    Importance and influence of the Synod of Bishops in the life and mission of the Church in Europe

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  • Proclaim '15

    The question before us today is straightforward: ‘How is the Church measuring up to the Master’s command: Go, therefore to all nations. Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to observe all ...

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  • What Makes Us Human

    Recently I visited one of the centres in Erbil where thousands of Christian refugees are living. One woman told me of their frightening and rapid flight from their home in the city of Mosul as ISIS terrorists advanced. She told me that her Muslim ...

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  • Second International Conference on Inclusive Capitalism

    It is my honour and privilege to convey to you a message from His Holiness Pope Francis, with his prayers for today’s conference. In doing so, I would like first of all to express my appreciation of the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury ...

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  • RSA Lecture 2015: Where do we find the generative capacities for hope?

    In the long, rather exhausting run up to the General Election, I was told of a researcher, in Essex, testing views and opinions. He had a hard time from the group he was interviewing. Everything he asked received a negative reaction. Eventually, s...

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  • Barclay Lecture 2015

    It is an honour and a privilege to have been invited here today, at this important event marking 50 years of management studies in Oxford. You may have been wondering why I was asked to give this lecture. I have been wondering why I accepted! But...

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  • Mobilising Faith Communities in Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

    Thank you for this opportunity to have a part in this important Conference - indeed a most enjoyable part. The stated aim of the Conference is to mobilise the faith communities in the fight against sexual violence especially in conflict situati...

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  • Christmas Celebration 2014

    This evening we have heard many beautiful voices. This vast Cathedral has resonated with the glorious sound of the voices of this choir, with the sonorous tones of our readers and with the rich variety of voices of the instruments of the orchestra...

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  • The New Evangelization: The Role of the Healthcare Student

    Given at the CMA Conference for Healthcare Students at Westminster Cathedral Hall on 8 November 2014. A. JOY “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free...

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  • CSAN Parliamentary Reception

    Given at the Houses of Parliament on 5 November 2014 on the occasion of the Catholic Social Action Network parliamentary reception. Good afternoon; firstly let me say thank you for inviting me to speak, once again, at the Caritas Social Action Ne...

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  • Cardinal Vincent strengthens ties with Lithuania in combatting human traffickingCardinal Vincent strengthens ties with Lithuania in combatting human trafficking

    In his role as President of the Santa Marta Group, Cardinal Vincent was invited to address the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) and meet with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis to strengthen the links with Lithuania and encourage their commitment to ...

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  • Jubilarians Mass

    Cardinal Vincent held a special Mass for all of the Jubilarians within the Diocese, at the Chapel in Archbishop House on 14th June, in thanksgiving for the milestone completed in service of the Lord and the community at large. Seven Jubilarians, a...

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  • Praying for Grenfell: 'We are made to pray'

    ‘We human beings are made to pray. Otherwise we become dislocated,’ were the words of Cardinal Vincent. To respond to this natural instinct to come together to pray with others in times of grief and crisis, a time of Adoration before the Bless...

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