Ahead of Pope Emeritus Benedict's 90th birthday on Easter Sunday, 16th April, Cardinal Vincent has sent him a message offering 'prayers and sincere good wishes' of the bishops, clergy and people of England and Wales 'on this happy occasion'.
In the message, Cardinal Vincent writes:
'Most Holy Father, Dear Pope Benedict,
'On the occasion of your 90th birthday I send this message on behalf of the Bishops, Clergy and People of England and Wales to offer our sincere good wishes and prayers for you on this happy occasion.
'After Easter, the Bishops will come together for the Plenary Meeting of our Conference, in Palazzola, and we will celebrate Mass together for your intentions and those of our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
'Please be assured of our warmest greetings and prayers for you at this Easter time.
'May God continue to richly bless you in all that you do.
'Yours sincerely in the Risen Lord,'