Given at Midnight Mass of Christmas 2018 at Westminster Cathedral
My brothers and sisters, tonight my message is simple: to wish you all a very happy Christmas, starting with this Midnight Mass and flowing out into all the days of the Christmas h...Read more
Each day this week we have been presented with an example of radical discipleship. During the week there has been a wonderful parade of saints from the first to the seventeenth centuries: St Luke, St Ignatius of Antioch, St Teresa of Avila, St Joh...Read more
At the end of August, just a few weeks ago, Pope Francis visited Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. I was privileged to share in much of that event.
It was remarkable, unlike any other papal visit in my knowledge.
As is cus...Read more
My brothers and sisters,
We are here in the presence of Jesus in this Most Blessed Sacrament. He is always present to us. But here we can see, touch, even taste that Presence in the Bread which is its sign and sacramental reality. Bread...Read more
I am so pleased to welcome you all to this ordination ceremony. I thank all who have prepared for this day, most immediately Mgr Jeremy and everyone here at St George’s. This day has been very long in its preparation: in the life of Antonio’s ...Read more
Of all the events that take place in this cathedral, this is one of the most joyful. We are full of gladness at the ordination of six new priests; we are joyful at the hope this brings and we are grateful for all that has brought us, and you, to t...Read more
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,
On the left-hand side of Westminster Cathedral, in the second side chapel, lie the mortal remains of St John Southworth. In preparation for his feast day on 27 June, they move into the middle of the ...Read more
In this ceremony, these three men, Alex, Kingsley and Colin, your friends, colleagues, indeed husbands and fathers, will receive a gift of the Holy Spirit, making them sharers in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, Deacons of the Catholic Church. For al...Read more
It is a great pleasure for me to celebrate with you, today, the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Truth Society (CTS). I thank the CTS for their kind invitation, and in particular, I thank all of you who have come to the cathedral, this afternoon,...Read more
Who can ever forget the images of the burning Grenfell Tower? They are seared into our imagination. They touch our hearts so deeply. Indeed, they break our hearts. With the passing of time, they do not lose their power. What we see, in reality, in...Read more
In the five years, so far, of the time of Pope Francis, one remarkable initiative stands out: his decision to call the Church to observe a Year of Mercy, from 2015 to 2016. What a response that had! It revealed, all over the world, a great hunger ...Read more
Given at the canonical erection and blessing of the Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, 3
Today is one of the great Feasts of the Church, full of resonance. Its rea...Read more
Christ is our Light in every darkness. This evening we seek to renew our life in him. This we do together, for faith in Jesus cannot be lived as a solitary individual; he calls us into the Church. This evening we stand alongside those who, very sh...Read more
The Cross we contemplate this afternoon is indeed wondrous beyond words. As the Cross is lifted before us, in the words we have heard and in the actions that follow, we can but be filled with wonder.
Isaiah said so in that first reading: 'The c...Read more
Some time ago now, when I was visiting a parish in North London, I asked a lady why she wanted to become a Catholic. She explained that for years she had been coming to church with her Catholic husband and now wanted to be fully part of what...Read more
This Chrism Mass is my favourite moment in our year. It is so important and special. There is something very wonderful about this full Cathedral, about the feeling of a gathered diocese, a diocesan family. And I am always deeply touched by t...Read more