Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has died

1 September 2017

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor was CAFOD's patron.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor was CAFOD's patron and the former Archbishop of Westminster

We are saddened by the news that CAFOD’s patron Cardinal Cormac Murphy–O’ Connor, the former leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has died.

As patron, the Cardinal was heavily involved in CAFOD’s work, travelling with our director Chris Bain to Sri Lanka, where he met victims of the Asian tsunami. He also chaired our From Poverty to Opportunity campaign, which raised nearly £9 million for CAFOD’s life-saving work overseas.

Chris Bain, CAFOD’s director, said the Cardinal was very generous with his time and was hugely proud of the work of the Catholic Church to support those in need.

He said: “The Cardinal was someone who really looked at you and engaged with you when he was talking to you. I saw that myself when we were in Sri Lanka meeting people who’d lost everything in the tsunami. He was very moved by what he saw, and by people’s resilience, and he had an enormous capacity to communicate with people, and genuinely wanted to listen and hear people’s stories.

“He felt the Catholic Church’s work with the poorest and most marginalised was a really important part of its mission. As CAFOD’s patron he was very proud of the Church’s work supporting people in need, even in countries where it was a minority faith. Cardinal Cormac was a very warm person, and hugely generous with his time, as well as having a deep empathy with people who were suffering or oppressed. I think his legacy will be the compassion and loving service he gave to ordinary people within the Church.”

Please remember Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’ Connor in your prayers. 

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