The former Archbishop of Westminster has written to Cardinal Vincent after falling seriously ill in mid-August

Former Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has asked Cardinal Vincent Nichols to tell the priests, religious and faithful of the diocese that he is “at peace”, with “no fear of what is to come”.

Cardinal Nichols sent a letter to all bishops for prayers for his predecessor in August, after Cardinal Cormac, 85, was taken seriously ill in hospital.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor wrote:

My dear Cardinal Vincent,

I would be very grateful if you would convey this short message to the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese, of which I as well as you have been privileged to serve as their Bishop.

At this time, the words I pray every night are never far from my thoughts: “Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit”. Please tell them that I am at peace and have no fear of what is to come. I have received many blessings in my life, especially from my family and friends. I thank God for the many priests, religious and lay faithful who have helped and sustained me in my Episcopal life.

Nor should I forget the many Anglican and Free Church colleagues whose friendship I have valued very much. Above all, as I now commend myself to the loving mercy of God, I ask them all to pray for me as I remember and pray for them.
Fraternally in the Lord,

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor’s motto is Gaudium et spes, (Joy and Hope), one of the four constitutions resulting from the Second Vatican Council.