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Cardinal Cormac speaks about Papal Conclave and Pope Benedict's Legacy

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor held a press conference on 26 February to discuss Pope Benedict XVI's legacy, his visit to the UK in 2010 and the upcoming papal conclave.

Cardinal Cormac reflected on the legacies of each of the Popes since the Second Vatican Council ending with Pope Benedict XVI. In considering Pope Benedict, Cardinal Cormac said what was most memorable was “the lucidity of his teaching, never have I known a teacher able to teach with such precision and love the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. The UK, Cardinal Cormac said, “will remember how he came over here, as not an austere figure but as a humble pastor. A shepherd".

His Eminence also reflected on his own experiences in conclave, whilst reminding those present of the exceptional nature of the current conclave. Cardinal Cormac will be present and engage in discussions with the other Cardinals until the conclave is sealed.

Cardinal Cormac also briefly spoke about Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation saying it would be "inappropriate" for him to speculate on the Scottish Catholic leader's resignation. 

Further photos are available on the diocesan Flickr site here.