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Society – Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

October 2017

Roman Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has died at the age of 85. According to the BBC, he served as a priest for more than six decades, having begun in Hampshire in the 1950s. It is reported that he was a personal friend of Pope Francis.

He eventually went on to lead the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, often speaking out against birth control and abortion. However, in the late 1990s he was heavily criticised when it emerged he had failed to report a priest later convicted of abusing children.

The cardinal became Archbishop of Westminster in 2000, and it is reported that his tutelage led then-Prime Minister Tony Blair to convert to Catholicism in 2007.