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On hearing of  the death of Bruce Kent, Cardinal Vincent recalled his 'indomitable spirit' and prayed for the repose of his soul. In his statement, the Cardinal writes:

'I am sorry to learn of the death of Bruce Kent. I pray that our Heavenly Father welcomes him into the peace for which he yearned.

'He served for thirty years as a priest of this Diocese, in a wide range of roles: here in Archbishop's House, in parishes, the University Chaplaincy that he helped to establish and in many other ways. He brought his passion, determination and power of argument to this precious ministry.

'He used those same gifts tirelessly in the cause of disarmament and peace. Only two months ago, at the age of 92 years, he was on the podium in Trafalgar Square, urging that peace is the only road for humanity to take.

'His convictions and his life flowed from his faith in Jesus Christ and his love for the Catholic Church. He supported his parish priests, no matter their views. He was constant and warm in the encouragement he gave to me, personally. He will be sorely missed.

'My prayers are now with Valerie, his wife, and all who mourn him. We thank God for the indomitable spirit he gave to Bruce and commend his soul to the mercy of God that he may now rest truly in peace.'

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