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Following a period of rest after being taken ill at Mass on Remembrance Sunday, Cardinal Vincent is returning gradually to  duties this week. 

Writing to parishes and priests on Saturday 1st December, the Cardinal thanked everyone for 'your prayers for me over these last three weeks. 

In his message, he said:

'I write to thank you for your prayers for me over these last three weeks. I have been able to take the rest that I needed and now feel much recovered. I have been blessed to have been able to do this at such short notice.

'As Advent begins I am ready to return to duties next week, although only gradually for now. I thank so many who have graciously accepted postponements of engagements and visits to parishes. I thank especially our Auxiliary Bishops who give me such support and willing service in the Diocese.

'As we begin this lovely season of Advent, let us ask the Lord to come afresh into our hearts. May we offer him our welcome, in all the simplicity and spontaneity that his blessed birth so readily evokes in us.

'Please do keep me in your prayers as I remember you in mine.'