Archbishop of Westminster

Homilies

  • 2017
    • Called to Serve the Sick

      One of the great gifts of Pope Francis to the Church has been the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which concluded last November. During that Year, we entered so much more deeply into an understanding and acceptance of the mercy of God towards each of us, n...

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    • Visit and Crowning of National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

      In the great Jubilee Year 2000, a crowd of well over half a million people gathered in Rome. It was 13 Within these simple words lies a considerable challenge, and not just for excitable children on a visit to Rome. It is this: How well do we e...

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    • Lourdes Mass 2017

      How I love this passage from the Gospel of St Luke. Every time I hear it, I admire again its wonderful, step-by-step approach. And every time, it always catches me out. Yes, this is a lesson directed to every one of us, leading us to understand af...

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    • Thanksgiving for Apostolic Nuncio

      Today we celebrate the Feast of St Paul Miki and his companions. They are among the larger group known as the Nagasaki Martyrs who died rather than deny their faith, in Japan, at the end of of the 16th century. Before dying a cruel death, manacled...

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    • Silver Jubilee of Episcopal Ordination

      I thank you all for your presence this evening, especially those who have come, some at a great distance, for this Mass of thanksgiving for 25 years of episcopal ministry, which has been God's gift to me.  I thank especially my brother bishops...

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    • Requiem of Canon John McDonald, RIP

        Today, as we pray for the repose of the soul of Canon John McDonald, we hear again the solemn proclamation of the Beatitudes, which take us to the heart of the Gospel message of the coming of the Kingdom of God.  'Blessed' is such a powe...

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  • 2016
    • Pastoral Letter for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

      Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,  My mother taught me many things. One was this: that a mother can never forget her child, even if that child is no longer in her presence and care. The bond between them endures. It is written into he...

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    • Christmas Midnight Mass 2016

      Given at Midnight Mass of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas 2016, at Westminster Cathedral. Midnight Mass is full of light and darkness. We gather in the dead of night. We are referred to as a people 'that walked in darkness'. Yet we rejoice ...

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    • From Tears to New Life

      Christmas reflection 2016. Towards the end our pilgrimage to the Holy Land this year, we visited the village of Bethany and the site of the tomb of Lazarus. Deep underground, now beneath a mosque, we saw the cave which served as the tomb. Stand...

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    • Holy Family Church in Gaza

      My dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your very warm welcome and for this opportunity to be with you here in the Parish of the Holy Family today. My journey from London has been very easy and I have come here to bring you the love and the...

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    • All Saints

      As a society we have an obsession with death. We have seen this so clearly in the ways in which Halloween has been marked in the last few days. We are filled with fascination, confusion and dread when it comes to matters of death and life after de...

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    • Blessing of Chapel of St George and New Doors of Westminster Cathedral

      The contrasts between Victoria Street and Westminster Cathedral are many, and obvious. The glass and concrete of the buildings, the constant rush of people and machines, the endless noise are of the street are as different as can be imagined from ...

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    • Inauguration of Rosary Shrine at St Dominic's Church

      22 October 2016.  In the 1960s, a Jesuit priest came regularly to the English College in Rome to speak with the young seminarians, among whom I was one. He gave many spiritual conferences, but I can remember clearly only one of them.  On t...

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    • 150th Anniversary of Consecration of Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, Hertford

      ‘I must ask myself where I came from… the memory of my people, the memory of my family, the memory of my history. The memory of a path that has already been trodden’. Pope Francis spoke these words a few months ago in Krakow to the pilgrims ...

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    • Golden Jubilee of Tyburn Association of Adoration

      Just outside this oasis of prayer and peace, there are some of the most complicated road junctions in London. They are littered with signs: some giving information about directions to be taken, some telling you what you must do, some telling you w...

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    • Jubilee of Deacons for the Year of Mercy

      Today we gather for this celebration of Mass for deacons in the great Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Let us listen again to the words of Pope Francis as he invited the Church is observe this year: 'How much I desire that this year will be steeped in m...

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    • International Mass 2016

      Given at the International Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Sunday 18 September  The Scriptures we have heard this evening are very down to earth. The first reading (Amos 8.4-7) is all about a corrupt economy. Some would say that all economies ...

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    • 200th Anniversary of St Mary's Hampstead

      Given at St Mary’s Church, Hampstead, at the Mass celebrating the 200th anniversary of the church on 11 September 2016.  During August, I visited two places which left a lasting impression on me. The first was Krakow, where World Youth Day too...

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    • Mass for Volunteer Workers of Charity

       Given at the Mass for volunteer workers of charity for the Year of Mercy at Westminster Cathedral on 10 September 2016.   I thank you all for coming together this afternoon to celebrate this Holy Mass and to renew your dedication to the work...

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    • Episcopal Ordination of Mgr Carmelo Zammit

      8 September 2016.  A powerful prayer stands at the heart of this ceremony of the ordination of Mgr Carmelo Zammit to the Order of Bishops.  We pray to God as 'Father of mercies and God of all consolations' to 'pour out upon this chosen one th...

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    • World Youth Day Mass of Welcome

      We have just heard from St Paul some words that I would really like you to keep in mind and that I would really like to explore with you this evening in quite a serious way. St Paul invites us to understand the depths he sees in the mystery of Ch...

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    • Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

      In a few minutes, in the Eucharistic Prayer of our Mass today, we shall say 'You are indeed Holy, O Lord and you never cease to gather a people to yourself'.  Well the Lord has certainly done so today! What a gathering we are! What a joyful gathe...

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    • Ordinations to the Priesthood 2016

      The Jubilee Year of Mercy has been a great blessing for the Church. We are coming to know afresh the mercy of God, to know again that God reaches out to us with a caress of mercy and forgiveness, always welcoming us as we strive to walk in his way...

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    • 40th Anniversary of Diocese of East Anglia

          Pope Francis has a great gift for using a memorable phrase. One such phrase, in   Now the very stones of this cathedral bear witness to the truth of that expression. It was built, starting in 1882, in thanksgiving to God for a h...

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    • Jubilee of Priests

      Given at the Jubilee of Priests in Rome on 2 June 2016. 'Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David' (2 Tim 2.8).  These twelve words, one of the earliest proclamations of our faith in the divinity and humanity of Chris...

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    • Mass for Marriage 2016

      A few days ago two charming young women, university students, came to interview me as part of their course in media studies. They had their questions ready. One caught me by surprise. They asked: what does the exhortation of Pope Francis, about lo...

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    • Migrants Mass 2016

      Given at the migrants' Mass in honour of St Joseph the Worker on 2 May 2016 at Westminster Cathedral.  Today we come together to pray. Prayer is our key activity. We pray for courage and compassion, especially for refugees fleeing for their li...

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    • Pastoral Letter on Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love

      My brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ Just three weeks ago, Pope Francis made public his Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, entitled This exhortation embraces many topics; it also embraces the reality of our lives. Pope Francis talks...

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    • 1050th Anniversary of the Baptism of Poland

      Given at the Mass celebrating the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 1 May 2016, at Ealing Abbey. I am most happy to be with you today to celebrate this great anniversary. I understand full well that these ...

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    • 150th Anniversary of the Public Veneration of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

      ‘Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.’ With these words Pope Francis opened the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which is now underway. The Holy Father’s words are unequivocal, and they are true. Y...

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    • Easter Vigil 2016

      At the beginning of our ceremony this evening we used words which expressed our hope and prayer: ‘May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.’ The darkness is real, this week shown most emphatically on ...

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    • The Commemoration of the Lord's Passion 2016

      Later this afternoon, in a moment of deeply spiritual drama, the Cross of Christ and the figure hanging upon it will be slowly revealed to us. We have heard the Gospel narrative of his suffering and death. Now we shall see with our eyes the image ...

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    • Mass of the Lord's Supper 2016

      This evening’s ceremony and the events it celebrates have a lovely homely feel to them. We are in the inner circle of Jesus’ friends. We are among those whom he trusts with his most precious gift and message. We are privileged to be here, priv...

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    • Chrism Mass 2016

      For me, this is one of the most joyful celebrations of the year, every year! We gather embracing and expressing the sheer joy of our faith, the joy of knowing Jesus as our Lord, the joy of being together as his beloved in his Church, this great fa...

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    • Palm Sunday 2016

      Today we enter Holy Week and I welcome you to this solemn celebration of Palm Sunday. I welcome especially the staff and seminarians from Allen Hall. Please pray for them, our future priests.  Today we join the Lord on his entry to Jerusalem. In...

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    • 150th Anniversary of St Joseph's Missionary Society

      This celebration of thanksgiving for the 150th Anniversary of St Joseph’s Missionary Society, the Mill Hill Missionaries, is a marvellous occasion for us all.  I feel very much part of it. After all, the Mill Hill Missionaries, founded by a pri...

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    • Bicentenary of Sisters of Charity

      ‘Seeing and feeling how very hard it was to send away the poor, dismissed by the doctors as beyond hope of recovery, some having very poor homes and other no friends willing to receive them, they bethought themselves of having a hospice or home ...

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    • 150th Anniversary of St Maria Micaela

      Maria de la Soledad Micaela Desmaissieres y Lopez de Dicastillo  The Spanish certainly do have a way with names! It is Maria Micaela for whom we thank God this evening: for her life, her faith, her inventiveness, her dedication, her trust, ...

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    • Rite of Election 2016

      This afternoon I would like to tell you a story of a young man, aged about 17. Early one evening he was walking past a church and felt a strong urge, a call, to go inside. As he sat there, he saw a priest going into the confessional. Then, surpris...

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    • Closing of the Year of Consecrated Life

      A few years ago, as part of my summer holiday, I went to Munich airport so that one of my companions could catch a plane home. Leaving the airport, the rest of us caught sight of a signpost for Dachau. So we went, even though it is hardly a holida...

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    • Episcopal Ordination of Mgr John Wilson and Canon Paul McAleenan

      Today we warmly welcome two new bishops into our diocesan church. What a great moment and what a blessing we are receiving, a blessing to strengthen us in so many ways.  As you so well know, the Church's storehouse is full of splendid statemen...

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  • 2015
    • Christmas Midnight Mass 2015

      This night, in the words of the Gospel of St Luke, we are summoned by the angel to the crib, in the town of David, in Bethlehem. We are told that there we will find ‘news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people’. To emphasise the ...

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    • Christmas Celebration 2015

      ‘Jesus is the true face of God’s mercy.’  These are words to keep very much in mind as we prepare to welcome the birth of Jesus, on this Feast of Christmas. This evening, in a wonderful way, we are led more deeply towards the moment of t...

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    • Metropolitan Police Carol Service

      As many of you will know, credit for the introduction of the Christmas Crib goes to St Francis of Assisi. In the town of Gubbio, in 1223, he introduced a living pageant of the birth of Jesus, with real animals and, in it suggested, a living baby. ...

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    • Opening of the Door of Mercy at Westminster Cathedral

      Today is Today this joy of anticipation is enriched by the opening of our Door of Mercy and the beginning of the Year of Mercy, called for by Pope Francis. The reading from his Papal Bull, which we have just heard, spells out so clearly the inte...

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    • 100th Birthday of Mgr Augustine Hoey

      In the mid 1990s, George Stack, Administrator of Westminster Cathedral, invited Fr Augustine Hoey to live and work at the Cathedral. Later, as Archbishop, he wrote:  'This was one of the wisest decisions of my time as Administrator. A delightful...

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    • Consecration of the Altar at Allen Hall

      This evening we come to make an irrevocable act, the consecration of this stone, making it holy, setting it apart for ever. This is done, by the work of the Holy Spirit, at the request of the Church made through the mouth of Jesus, himself. Thi...

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    • Centenary of St Edmund's College Chapel, Cambridge

      It is my great joy, as St Edmund’s College Patron and Visitor, to join you in prayer at this Solemn Vespers initiating celebrations for the centenary of the Chapel, unique among contemporary Cambridge college chapels in being the only Catholic f...

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    • Remembrance Sunday at the Chapel of the Chelsea Pensioners

      Given at the Chapel of the Chelsea Pensioners on Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2015. One hundred years ago, not today but at the beginning of May, John McCrae stood in the field of the second battle of Ypres, looking at the place where his fri...

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    • Pastoral Letter on the Synod on the Family

      Last Sunday I joined thousands of people in St Peter's Square waiting to receive the blessing of Pope Francis. I was surrounded by families: babies asleep in prams, young children crawling on the cobbles, older children entertaining each other, te...

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    • Red Mass 2015

      Given at the Red Mass on 1 October 2015 at Westminster Cathedral. ‘But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.’ The fulfilment of this promi...

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    • Exaltation of the Cross

      Today we leave Galilee and go to Jerusalem. That is fitting for this Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of Jesus. We shall celebrate Vespers of the Feast in the very place were his death took place. We will be able to go to Golgotha. It is from ...

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    • Funeral Mass of Mgr Walter Drumm

      Mgr Walter Drumm died peacefully and quietly, on 17 August. Today we gather to commend his soul to our Heavenly Father, seeking gracious mercy for him, through the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus, which we celebrate in this funeral Ma...

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    • Dedication of Stanbrook Abbey Church

      Every now and then, in my mind's eye or on TV, there appears the image of Stanbrook Abbey, in Worcestershire, of course. The sweeping drive, the majestic chapel, the forbidding parlours, the sun-kissed gardens and apparently endless central heatin...

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    • Mass with Seminarians at Walsingham

      Today we are so glad and honoured to be together at this wonderful shrine of Our Blessed Lady. Here we touch something that runs deep in the Catholic veins of this country. Here we can sense why we refer to England as Mary's Dowry. And, of course,...

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    • Lourdes International Mass

      My brothers and sisters, at this International Mass we come from many different places and speak many different languages. But there are some important words which we all understand and treasure.  The first is the word 'Jesus'. Each of us know...

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    • Mass at Sacre-Coeur, Lourdes

      It was on 9th January 1844 that Bernadette was baptised and, as Bishop Nicholas told us, the baptismal font in which that baptism took place is now in this church at the back. It was a very special family occasion, as baptisms always are. It was t...

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    • Cherishing Life: Sunday Mass at Lourdes

      Welcome everybody to this pilgrimage. Perhaps your journey here has been easy. Perhaps not. But we are here in this precious place. There are many more to join us. Soon we will be all together. In this Mass we are almost at the start of our pilgr...

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    • Patronal Feast Day of St Peter ad Vincula

      The Church of St Peter-in-Chains in Rome is a great tourist attraction because it contains Michelangelo’s magnificent statue of Moses. But the visitor can also find there the double set of chains believed to be those from which St Peter was free...

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    • 600th Anniversary of Foundation of Syon Abbey

        This is a most remarkable, celebration: different Christian communities, united in one voice to praise and thank God for the foundation of a Catholic monastery 600 years ago, Syon Abbey! It’s a marvellous testimony to how you, the Christians...

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    • Ordination of Dom Ambrose McCambridge OSB

      The Feast of St Benedict, the day Abbot Martin originally requested, would have been an excellent date for this most joyful celebration – the ordination to the priesthood of Dom Ambrose. However, next Saturday I’ll be in Birmingham with thousa...

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    • Episcopal Ordination of Mgr Patrick McKinney

      The last time I was in this Diocese of Nottingham was for the burial of a king. Today it is for the raising up of a bishop.  This is the Lord's work, for it is beyond our capacities. Only He can give the gifts of episcopal character and ordina...

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    • Ordinations to the Priesthood

      Today is rich in gifts: given and received.  The first gift in view is that of five new priests, five willing today to give their lives to the Lord in this new and radical way, Bill Bowder, David Burke, Cyril Chiaha, Daniel Humphreys and David...

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    • Birthday of St John the Baptist

      Yorkshire is not the most obvious place for the Well, no doubt every member of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (to use the full title) would have shouted at the TV: ‘No! They’re certainl...

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    • Corpus Christi

      Today we celebrate the great Feast of the Most Holy Eucharist. It is a feast of unbounded joy for it is the Feast of the Love of God for us all, the love shown in Jesus.  St Thomas Aquinas speaks in these words: 'It was to impress the vastness...

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    • Communications Day Mass

      This is such a good day on which to celebrate our Communications Day Mass. St Augustine of Canterbury is a fine patron for our work for he showed many of the characteristics that we too need.  The words of St Paul set the scene. It is God, say...

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    • Installation as First Chancellor of St Mary's University

      This is a wonderfully formal ceremony, rich in content and significance. Perhaps for the next few minutes I can be a little less formal and a little more personal. It is a great privilege and pleasure to take on this role as Chancellor. There h...

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    • Mass for Matrimony

      A couple of weeks ago Andy Murray beat his old rival Rafa Nadal on the clay courts of Madrid. Full of the excitement of his victory he wrote these words on the lens of a nearby TV camera: 'Marriage works!'  Sports commentators didn't know how...

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    • Ascension of the Lord 2015

      On this feast of the Ascension of the Lord, we take a further major step in our celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the exploration of our Easter faith.  I am delighted to be celebrating this great Feast here in the Church of Our Lady of the Ass...

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    • Mass at Farm Street Parish

      In our first reading this evening, we have heard these bold words of St Peter: 'God does not have any favourites, but anyone who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to God!' What amazing words these must have been to their first hearer...

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    • 500th Anniversary of birth of St Teresa of Avila

      This moment evokes many memories for me, memories particularly of Avila. I can see so clearly walls of the city, glistening in the strong sunlight. I can taste again the suckling pig, so proudly served to hungry visitors. And I can almost smell th...

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    • Easter Vigil 2015

      Our Vigil this evening started in a very deep darkness, and in many ways that is a harsh reality because there is much darkness in our lives. With the violence in Kenya, the wretchedness of those who have been forced away from their homes, and now...

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    • Good Friday

      Just a few days at a Requiem Mass for Richard III, I was privileged to wear a vestment that was 600 years old. It was beautiful. It was a work of devotion and love for Our Lord by people many hundreds of years ago who had in their hearts the same ...

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    • Mass for the Lord's Supper, Maundy Thursday 2015

      In these days of Holy Week, in which we follow the last days of our Lord’s life, we are in the midst of a great human drama. Some people call it ‘the greatest story ever told’. It is the journey of Jesus to His death and to His resurrection....

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    • Chrism Mass

      Since the first days of his pontificate, Pope Francis has spoken repeatedly, passionately, about the mercy of God. Now he has announced a Holy Year dedicated to the great gift of God's mercy. Today this is our theme. Already we have heard that we...

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    • Requiem Mass for King Richard III

      This evening we fulfil a profound and essential Christian duty: that of praying for the dead, for the repose of their eternal souls. Here we pray for King Richard III, 'King of England and France and Lord of Ireland' to use a title he ascribed to ...

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    • Reception of the Remains of King Richard III

      My brothers and sisters, we are gathered in this Cathedral or joining in through the media, to remember the extraordinary life of King Richard III and to pray for the eternal repose of his soul.  Two moments in this ceremony, so rich in meanin...

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    • Anniversary of Martyrdom of Archbishop Romero

      Many of you will have seen the film 'The Passion of the Christ'. You will not have forgotten the scene of Christ being scourged at the pillar. You will vividly recall, as I do, the action of the women appearing at the end of the flagellation who, ...

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    • Rite of Election 2015

      Today is a great occasion, full of joy and hope. I love it!  Because today we are witnesses to the generous and gracious love of God, drawing us to himself so that we might be his People, his Church. Faith is a wonderful gift and each one of us r...

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    • Maronite Eucharistic Liturgy

      On a recent visit to Rome, my eye was caught by one of the new statues which adorn the outside wall of the Basilica of St Peter. In fact it is the newest of the statues, only unveiled by Pope Benedict XVI four years ago, almost to the day. It is, ...

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    • Mass in Honour of Our Lady of Lourdes

      As a child I was, from time to time, really afraid of the dark. When the light went out at night in my bedroom and on the landing, or when I woke in the dark, a deep chill would fill my heart. Sooner or later I would cry out. My mother would come....

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    • Mass for Consecrated Life 2015

      Given on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 2 February 2015, at the Solemn Diocesan Celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life at Westminster Cathedral.

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    • Solemn Profession of Sr Martina Teresa to the Poor Clares, Arkley

      Given on the occasion of the Solemn Profession of Sister Martina Teresa, at Poor Clare Convent Arkley on Sunday 1 February 2015 This ceremony is already so rich in words, images and actions that it hardly requires a homily. And there is more to...

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    • Mass with Congolese Chaplaincy

      Given on 25 January 2015 at St Joan of Arc Church, Highbury, marking the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Marie-Clementine Anuarite Nengapeta. I am so pleased to be part of your celebration today: A celebration of faith, of joy, of ...

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    • Baptism of the Lord

      Extracts of the homily given at Our Lady of Willesden on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, 11 January 2015. Today we rejoice with the parents of this baby boy whom they are bringing for baptism. They have brought him into the world, to be a ...

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  • 2014
    • Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family 2014

      My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, In writing this letter to you for the Feast of the Holy Family, I want first of all to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. For many good reasons, Christmas is clearly focussed on the family. So I h...

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    • Christmas Midnight Mass 2014

      ‘This is the night which changes everything’. I heard these words sung by children with great enthusiasm a few days ago. The children were right. The birth of Jesus Christ is the hinge of human history. On this night a new vision is born, new ...

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    • Opening Mass for Year of Consecrated Life

      Given at Westminster Cathedral at the opening Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life on 29 November 2014.  Last Sunday, as you might have heard, I went to Gaza to visit the Catholic community and to celebrate Mass with them. It was a disturbin...

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    • Pastoral Letter on the Synod on the Family

       My brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ Today I would like to tell you a little about the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held in Rome on the theme of the pastoral challenges facing the family in the context of evangelisation. I was privi...

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    • Taking Possession of his Titular Church in Rome

      Given at Sant'Alfonso, Rome on 2 October 2014 on the occasion of taking possession of his Titular Church in Rome.  I am so pleased to be here this evening in this beautiful Church of St Alfonso. It is surely a hidden gem in the riches of Rome....

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    • Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Centenary Mass

      Extracts from the Homily given by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral on 19 September 2014 at the centenary Mass for the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.   Today I offer my warmest congratulations to The Cardinal Va...

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    • Mass in Thanksgiving for Cardinal Manning and Commemoration of 125th Anniversary of Great Dock Strike

      Given at St Mary and St Michael's Church, Commercial Road, on 14 September 2014, the 125th anniversary of the 'Cardinal's Peace' settling the Great Dock Strike. This East End of London is a place of great and proud traditions. Among them is the...

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    • 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Servite Fathers

      Given on at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Fulham, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, 14 September 2014. For 150 years, the Servite Friars have served our Catholic Community here in this part of London. While this parish is not quite tha...

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    • Centenary of the Catholic Police Guild

      Given at Westminster Cathedral at the Centenary of the Foundation of the Catholic Police Guild Mass on 6 September 2014. Forgive me, but as I stand before you I am tempted to imitate Pope Francis and say not simply ‘Buona sera’ but, more ...

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    • Requiem Mass in Commemoration for the Fallen of the Great War

      Given at Westminster Cathedral on 4 August 2014, at the Requiem Mass in commemoration for the Fallen of the First World War. One hundred years ago today, in the first week of August, people were enjoying a Bank Holiday Monday. For many that did...

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    • Lourdes 2014 Farewell Mass

      It seems a long time ago, now, since I spoke to you about the three stories of Lourdes. The first, you remember, is the story of all that happened here, the history of Lourdes. We have learned and seen a great deal of that. The second is the...

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    • Lourdes Mass at the Grotto

      It is an even greater privilege to he celebrating Mass here at 7.00pm, precisely when every hotel in Lourdes is serving dinner. We have this place to ourselves, in some special peace and quiet.  This is our time, then, to bring all our prayers...

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    • Diocesan Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate

      As we begin this moment of ordination, let me offer some words of thanks. I thank all of you present who have been contributing to the formation of our new deacons. I thank Deacon Anthony Clark, the Director of our Deaconate Programme and Mgr ...

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    • Ordination of Fr Stefan Kaminski

      There is one moment, found in each of the Synoptic Gospels, which can give shape to our reflection this evening because it reveals the very heart of the sacrament we are about to celebrate. It is the moment in which Jesus calls the twelve who are ...

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    • Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Alan Williams SM

      It seems a long time ago now, but in 1984, as a comparatively young priest, I was sent to London to serve Cardinal Hume and the bishops of England and Wales as General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference.

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    • Ordinations to the Priesthood

      Given on the occasion of the ordination to the priesthood of Rev Andrew Chamiec, Rev Derek Hyett and Rev Brian O'Mahony on 28 June 2014 at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood in Westminster.  How wonderful that we gather for ...

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    • 400th Anniversary of Heythrop College

      Given at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock Church, Kensington, on 21 June 2014:  Today we celebrate and thank God for the illustrious history of Heythrop College stretching back over 400 years. The story of this College starts with a...

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    • Mass for Catholic Parliamentarians

      Given on Wednesday 11 June 2014, the Feast of St Barnabas, in the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Palace of Westminster. I thank you for this invitation and the privilege of celebrating Mass in this very special place. Today we keep the ...

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    • Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony

      Given at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 7 June 2014 In the newspaper a few days ago I read of a girl called Athena. She died of cancer aged 12. Her parents found some of her thoughts written on the back of a mirror in her bedroom. One though...

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    • Episcopal Ordination of The Reverend Monsignor Nicholas Hudson as Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster

      I am so pleased to greet you all again as we gather round Mgr Nicholas and take part in his ordination as a bishop. This is a rich and powerful ceremony and there are so many ways of reflecting on it. This morning I start with the chrism and th...

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    • The Easter Vigil

      The Easter Vigil Westminster Cathedral 2014 Our ceremony this night is an epic. It presents a vivid portrayal of the whole sweep of human destiny. Here we find our story told in bold symbols, powerful words and beautiful music. It begins with the ...

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    • Solemn Liturgy of the Passion, Good Friday

      Today we stand before our crucified Lord, contemplating his death on the cross for each one of us, for us all. His death is a fact of history. The Gospel gives a clear account of what actually happened. It is not a story told for our encouragement...

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    • Mass of the Lord's Supper

      MAUNDY THURSDAY Westminster Cathedral Thursday 17 April 2014 Homily given by HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols This evening we begin our celebration of the Sacred Triduum, these three most holy days, in which we recall all the events of our salvation. T...

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    • Chrism Mass 2014

      Homily given by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols on TUESDAY 15 APRIL 2014 at Westminster Cathedral At this Mass of Chrism we seek renewal and refreshment in our life of faith. In blessing these oils we ask God to refresh the sacraments in whi...

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    • Celebration of Mass For the 200th Anniversary of Downside Abbey

      Friday 21 March 2014 As I listened to the Responsorial Psalm in our Mass this morning, memories came flooding back to me. I remembered an autumn morning in Rome, in 1966 I think, and the Church of the Twelve Apostles. I was receiving the tonsure, ...

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    • Mass of Thanksgiving

      Well in the last few days I have been in some very fine regalia: the scarlet robes of a Cardinal, receiving the scarlet biretta from Pope Francis, the splendid vestments and new mitre for the Solemn celebration of Mass at the tomb of St Peter.

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    • Mass with Solemn Rite of Welcome

      Mass with Solemn Rite of Welcome Friday 28 February 2014 Westminster Cathedral Homily given by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols Thank you, all, very much, for coming to this Mass of Welcome. You have certainly made me feel just that - most we...

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    • Centenary of the Parish of St Luke, Pinner

      The celebration of a centenary is a marvellous moment. I am so glad to be part of it! A telegram from ...

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    • Mass for the World Day of Celebration for Consecrated Life

      Westminster Cathedral Saturday 1 February 2014 Homily given by Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster Today's Mass is a lovely event, a moment to treasure. Here we come together to thank God for all the wonder and goodness w...

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    • Ordination to the Priesthood of Shaun Richards

      Today’s Feast of the Conversion of St Paul is a most appropriate day for this Ordination to the priesthood.

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    • Mass Of Thanksgiving For the reactivation of the Ecclesiastical Faculties Of Theology and Philosophy at Heythrop College

      Today's Mass celebrates a major achievement and like most achievements it is the result of hard work and dedication.

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    • Mass of Farewell for Bishop-Elect Mark O’Toole

      Mark, we gather this evening to pray for you and with you as you prepare to take up your new ministry in the Diocese of Plymouth. In doing so we read...

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  • 2013
  • 2012
    • Archbishop Vincent NicholsArchbishop Nichols 2012 Christmas homily

      Archbishop Nichols celebrated Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral on 24 December 2012

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    • Martyrs Day Mass at Venerable English College, Rome

      In many ways the martyrs of this college make real this double advent. As with all martyrs they have the keenest sense of their ultimate destiny. It is as if heaven is almost within their grasp.

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    • The 25th Anniversary Mass of the Beatification of the 85 Martyrs of England and WalesThe 25th Anniversary Mass of the Beatification of the 85 Martyrs of England and Wales

      No, no matter the circumstances, no matter the obstacles, no matter the suffering, the history of our faith shows over and over again: God’s message cannot be chained up!

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    • Homily for Requiem Mass for Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz

      A Requiem Mass for Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz took place in Westminster Cathedral on Friday 23 November at 5.30pm. Mass was celebrated by the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

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    • The Episcopal Ordination of the new Bishop of Portsmouth

      “We belong to each other” was the message of solidarity shared by the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols at the Episcopal Ordination of Philip Egan at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Portsmouth on 24 September 2012, the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.

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    • Interior of St Walburge's Church, PrestonPreston Guild Mass 2012

      As the Year of Faith approaches, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster called on the congregation at the Preston Guild Mass on Saturday 1 September “to be more confidently Catholic in all we do”.

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    • Being a Peacemaker

      A Vigil of Prayer took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, on Friday 8 to Saturday 9 June 2012. Throughout the night there was music, drama, silent reflection and vocal prayer. The Vigil marked the beginning of the traditional sacred truce for 100 days of peace in London falling over the period surrounding the Olympic Games.

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    • Homily at CCEE Congress, Rome on 7 May 2012

      Today, in our meeting, we have been reflecting upon the journey of faith, the journey we all make towards maturity in faith and in life. This journey, we know, is made up of many steps and has both its human and spiritual dimensions.

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    • Easter Vigil 2012

      This evening, the darkness of this Cathedral was filled with a glorious light. Inch by inch the light of the new Paschal candle, the light of Christ himself, filled this vast space. The light penetrated the darkness; it overcame the darkness.

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    • Good Friday 2012

      As we listened this afternoon to this beautiful proclamation of the Passion according to St John, a scene from the recent film of the passion came to my mind. It was a moment during the journey to Calvary, when Jesus, fallen to the ground under the weight of the cross, looks up and sees his Mother there before him. Their eyes meet, and he says to hers: ‘See, I am making all things new!’

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    • Maundy Thursday 2012

      This evening, with this Maundy Mass, we begin our intense celebration of the Easter mystery. In many ways these three days are one celebration, starting this evening and continuing tomorrow in our afternoon liturgy and coming to its climax at the Easter Vigil and Easter Morning Mass. This is one feast, one great drama of the mystery of our salvation.

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    • Chrism Mass Homily 2012

      Our Mass today, this special annual moment, celebrates the life and mission we have been given in the Lord. Today we seek a profound renewal of all that makes us instruments of the Lord in our society today. So we approach this celebration with great humility. Here we are to receive the gifts we need if we are to fulfil the great invitation we have been given.

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    • Palm Sunday 2012

      Today as we listen to the Passion from the Gospel of St Mark, we begin our Holy Week celebrations. In his powerfully direct narrative of the Lord's passion and death we are taken direct to the heart of Holy Week.

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    • The journey to God and Faith today

      Archbishop Vincent Nichols has delivered the annual Sir Sigmund Sternberg Interfaith Lecture at Leicester University on Tuesday 13 March.

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    • Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

      Today, as we celebrate this Feast, the Scripture Readings focus our minds on the ‘coming of the Lord into the Temple’.

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  • 2011
  • 2010
    • Midnight Mass 2010

      The events we joyfully celebrate this evening form a story which has been told and retold over 2000 years.

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    • Christmas Reflection 21 December 2010

      O Rising Sun, you are the splendour of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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    • Vespers and Mass, Feast of the Immaculate Conception

      One reading from the Gospel of St Luke sets the scene for this Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the passage, from the opening chapter of Luke’s Gospel, known as the Annunciation. The Angel Gabriel comes to Mary and greets her with the well-known words: ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.’

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    • Homily for Mass with The Passage

      At this Mass this evening, we thank God for the work of The Passage and we seek our own renewal, in dedication and motivation, for its work.

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    • The Ministry of the Apostolic Nuncio

      With this Mass of thanksgiving we, sadly, mark the end of the mission here in the United Kingdom of His Excellency Archbishop Sainz Muñoz, our Papal Nuncio.

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    • Chilean Miners

      Not long ago, on 13 October the world witnessed the remarkable sight of men, trapped underground for 69 days, coming safely to the surface and out into the desert sunshine.

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    • Headteachers Mass 2010

      I am sure that many of you have learned a great deal about Blessed John Henry Newman in the last few months.

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    • The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

      Just five days ago, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass here in our Cathedral

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    • 150th anniversary of the Dedication of Belmont Abbey Church

      Today, as we celebrate the consecration of this Benedictine Abbey church, we also prepare for the Visit of Pope Benedict to the United Kingdom. Benedict

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    • Centenary of the Birth of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

      Many years ago now I visited Albania. I remember passing through the town in which Mother Teresa was born one hundred years ago as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.

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    • Mass for the Unveiling of the Sculpture of St John

      Not many of the first disciples of Jesus died in their beds. Yet tradition has it that John did so. It is said that he settled in Ephesus died there in old age.

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    • Padley Pilgrimage

      I am very grateful to Bishop Rawsthorne and to Bishop McMahon for their invitation to join in this Hallam and Nottingham Diocesan Pilgrimage to this Padley chapel in honour of these much loved priest martyrs.

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    • Centenary of Westminster Cathedral

      One of the great privileges of serving as Archbishop of Westminster is that of celebrating the Liturgy of the Church in the setting of the Cathedral itself.

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    • The Close of the Year for Priests

      Today also marks the end of the Year for Priests, established by Pope Benedict. Today, in Rome, he formally closes this Year, as we do here this evening.

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    • Mass for Peace

      Today we pray for the gift of peace, in the mid-point of our Forty Hours Devotion and on the Vigil of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

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    • Vigil of Pentecost 2010

      I extend to each of you today the warmest welcome to this celebration of our Mass of Thanksgiving

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    • Marriage Mass 2010

      Our Mass this afternoon is in Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Marriage.

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    • Building a Legacy of Peace

      I welcome you all to Westminster Cathedral this afternoon for this service dedicated to ‘Building a Legacy of Peace’.

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    • Migrants Mass

      I welcome you all to this Cathedral this morning. I and my fellow bishops invite you to know that here you are at home.

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    • Polish Requiem

      I welcome you all this evening to the Cathedral to this Requiem Mass for all who died in the air disaster at Smolensk.

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    • Fr Robert Holmes Walker

      Here in Baldock you knew Fr Robert well. He was your Parish Priest from 1984 to 1998 and then acting as a supply priest until 2004. He remained living here in retirement until his death just these few days ago.

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    • Easter Sunday Mass 2010

      Homily by Archbishop Vincent Nichols for Easter Sunday Mass, Westminster Cathedral

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    • Easter Vigil Homily 2010

      This evening we entered a darkened Church. It is dark and empty of the Lord’s presence.

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    • Chrism Mass 2010

      Brothers, today we celebrate the memory of the first Eucharist at which our Lord Jesus Christ shared with His apostles and with us His call to the priestly service of His Church

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    • Archbishop Oscar Romero Mass

      Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador from February 1977 until 24 March 1980.

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    • Rt Rev Mgr Graham Leonard

      The life of Graham Leonard has been a rich tapestry of praise to God and of enduring trust in the gift of God’s Eternal Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Master.

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    • Vespers, Marriage and Family Life

      The Word of God is a light for our eyes and a lamp for our steps. We are ready and gracious recipients, therefore, of this Word, announced to us this afternoon, and handed over in these Bible texts in the context of married life, in all its stages.

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    • Our Lady of Lourdes

      Today, at this Mass in which we honour the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, we thank God for the gifts of life and faith.

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    • Civic Mass, Liverpool

      Public debate in our society today is often strident. Organisers are on the look out for participants who not only profoundly disagree but who are also prepared to be dismissive and disparaging about each another.

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    • Mass for Religious

      As you will know, the bishops of England and Wales have recently returned from the ‘ad limina’ visit to the Holy See.

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    • Mass for Mary Ward homily

      This is a wonderful and gracious occasion, as we celebrate at this Mass the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mary Ward.

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  • 2009
    • Midnight Mass 2009

      This is my Christmas greeting to you and to all sharing in the Mass on television.

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    • Midnight Mass 2009 Opening/Closing

      I am very pleased to welcome you to Westminster Cathedral, in the heart of London, where, in a few moments, we will be beginning our celebration of Midnight Mass.

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    • The Wave

      This morning is a marvellous expression of solidarity and compassion – robust Christian virtues

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    • The 25th Anniversary of CARJ

      Today’s Gospel, and indeed the example of St Martin of Porres to whom we look for inspiration, centres on the Christian call to love.

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    • Mass for St Jeanne Jugan

      Earlier this week, CARITAS Social Action issued a Report which presented the Mapping of Care given by Catholic Community to the Elderly. The research was carried out by Middlesex University.

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    • Reopening of the Restored College Church

      Mass of Thanksgiving for the Reopening of the Restored College Church, Venerable English College, Rome 18th October 2009.

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    • Relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux

      Mass of Thanksgiving for the visit of the Relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux, Westminster Cathedral, 15th October 2009

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    • Feast of St Edward the Confessor, in the presence of the relics of St Therese.

      Tuesday 13 October In the National Gallery, there is a painting which represents the highest achievements of English Medieval art. It is the Wilton Diptych and it stands as a reminder of a time when culture and life in this country were profoundly...

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    • Missio Mass 2009

      On June 29th, Pope Benedict issued his Encyclical Letter, ‘Caritas in Veritate’. Its theme is the work of integral human development, the task, common to all humanity, by which we strive to bring to fulfilment all the God-given potential of every person.

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    • The installation of the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols

      Homily of the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols at the Mass of Installation as Archbishop of Westminster, Westminster Cathedral, 21 May 2009.

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