Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal prays for repose of soul of Archbishop Peter Smith

Upon hearing of the death of Archbishop Peter Smith, Cardinal Vincent said:

'I learnt, with great sadness, of the death of Archbishop Peter Smith. I ask everyone to pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and the people and priests of the dioceses he served.

'Archbishop Peter devoted his life entirely and unwaveringly to the service of the Lord in His Church. Peter served as bishop in three dioceses. There are, then, many who will remember him personally and treasure those memories.

'He was a fine leader in the Bishops' Conference, acting as Vice-President  for many years and leading our efforts in matters of social policy. He was a steadfast and effective opponent of all measures in favour of assisted dying. We owe him deep gratitude for his unflinching leadership.

'Peter's warmth of character and strong personality will be sorely missed, not least by me.

'May he rest in peace and rise in glory.'

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