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The cardinal also disclosed that he had spoken to the future Pope as they left the Missa pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice, the final Mass before the conclave began on March 12.
BY MIGUEL CULLEN CARDINAL Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has revealed that Pope Francis asked him to pass on his “warmest greetings” to the Queen just two days after his election to the papacy. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor said: “We talked a little bit. I told him he had my prayers and said, in Italian: ‘Be careful.’ I was hinting, and he realised and said: ‘Si – capisco’–yes,Iunderstand.Hewascalm.Hewasawarethathewasprobablygoingtobeacandidategoingin.DidIknowhewasgoingtobePope?No.Therewere
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Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor said: “All the cardinals had a meeting with him in the Hall of Benedictions, two days after his election. We all went up one by one. He greeted me very warmly. He said some- thing like: ‘It’s your fault. What have you done to me?’
The cardinal said he then called the Queen’s secretary on his return to the English College in Rome, and passed on Pope Francis’s good wishes.
“Just as I was leaving, he said: ‘Don’t forget: give the Queen my warmest greet- ings’.” INSIDE He said: “It is said – and I can’t verify it – that the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople came to the installation of Pope Francis because of that, because here was one who was not saying immediately ‘I’m Pope. I’m over everybody’, just ‘I’m the Bishop of Rome’.
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“That was a really nice thing, to be able to pass on his greetings to the Queen.”
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The 81-year-old cardinal, who retired as Archbishop of Westminster in 2009, said Pope Francis’s decision to refer to himself as “Bishop of Rome” in his first address had raised hopes for unity with the Orthodox.
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The cardinal continued: “It shows he was aware of that and wanted to assert his respect for the Queen. Of course, he had been in favour of the Malvinas and had prayed for those who had lost their lives. Fair enough. But he’s quite clear that as Pope he’s not taking any sides. “The dialogue with the Orthodox has always been difficult because of the position of the Pope. Now here you had a cardinal coming from another part of the world which was never thought of 900 years ago when the break with the Orthodox happened. So I think there could be closer union with the Orthodox Church because of the manner of the man now the Bishop of Rome.” The silver-white four-door vehicle was donated by Fr Renzo Zocca, who serves the poor in Verona
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THE SINGER in the alternative rock band Smashing Pump- kins, Billy Corgan, has said that Our Lady saved his life and God is “the great unexplored terri-
In an interview with CNN, Mr Corgan said he was tired of seeking inspiration from suffering and was now looking to God. He said the idea that God was the future of rock ‘n’ roll might not be welcomed. “You’re not supposed to talk about God, even though most of the world believes in God.”
In a blog post, Mr Corgan said he named an album after Our Lady after praying to her for solace. “Mother Mary saved my life.,” he said.
“That is why the Zwan album was titled Mary, Star of the Sea. I asked Mother Mary to help me change the direction of my life, my nega- tive attitudes, to heal my broken heart.”
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