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Fr Tim on Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Fr Tim on Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Fr Tim would like to put on record his appreciation of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor:

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I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions, but one stands out in particular. At Redemptorist Publications Jane Williams, the wife of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, had just taken on the role of editor of our Anglican publications. I was duly invited to Lambeth Palace for a Christmas reception and when introducing me to her ten-year-old son, Pip, she was trying to explain the difference between Catholics and Anglicans. She decided to give him a clue by introducing Cormac's name into the conversation. The bemused child only made the connection when Jane continued to try and describe Cormac to him, whereupon he cried out: "Oh, you mean the one whose laugh can be heard all over the house." As luck would have it I bumped into Cormac at couple of days later and asked him if his ears had been burning. He was clearly delighted with the description.

He was a good man, who radiated the joy of the Gospel. He was entrusted with much responsibility throughout his long life and served the Lord and the Church with great dedication, coping with some of the serious challenges with genuine grace and humility. We owe him a great debt of gratitude for the influence he brought to bear among the College of Cardinals prior to the election of Pope Francis.

May he rest in peace.

Tim Buckley, CSsR


FreddieinblueThe Freddie Freckles knitting pattern produced by Angela Rigby is available by clicking here

As it was Angela's first knitting pattern she asked for questions. Here are the questions so far and her answers

1. His jumper was too small or tight, can it be made bigger?

Add 2 stitches on to each piece of jumper, this will give you more room. Leave neck open and feed feet through neck hole, then arms then pull jumper into place.

Try not to stuff Freddie too much. He's a tall, thin softy really.

2. His hair looks curly and the wool is hard to find. Where can we buy it?

I have experimented  with Funky Fur wool from Abhakan Fabrics   off London Rd, by TJ. Hughes. On it's own I thought it a bit thin, so I tried it again knitted with black double knitting wool. When sewing in place put the knitted hair with right side out. This gives Freddie a long, straight hair cut.  
They only sell it in packets of 10 for £14.95. So I have left some 4 balls at St. Marys and 4 balls at Bishop Eton. It's £1.50 a ball if anyone wants to try it out. The money will go to CAFOD. 
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