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Funeral details for Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor revealed

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (Mazur/

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 13 September at Westminster Cathedral, the archdiocese has announced.

The cardinal’s body will be received into the cathedral at 10am on Tuesday 12 September with short service before lying in state throughout the day. At 5pm, Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Solemn Vespers of the Dead, at which Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham will preach.

At noon the following day, Cardinal Nichols will celebrate at the Requiem Mass and burial of Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, at a ticket-only event. Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff, who served as an auxiliary bishop under Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, will preach.

Three weeks later, on Wednesday 4 October, the Cathedral will celebrate a memorial Mass at which all will be welcome to attend.

The parish church of Our Lady of Grace in Chiswick, West London – where the cardinal spent much of his retirement – has also announced it will receive the cardinal’s body at 8pm next Sunday (10 September), followed by rosary and Compline.

At noon the following day, Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth will celebrate Mass at the church, before his body is transferred to the cathedral.