We wish to mark the sad news that Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, our former President, has passed away at the age of 85. May his soul rest in peace with God.

In a message posted on the Church's website on Friday afternoon, Cardinal Cormac had asked Cardinal Vincent to relay how he was "at peace" and had "no fear of what is to come".

We have very fond memories of Cardinal Cormac’s encouragement, kindness and gentle humour. The Cardinal was a keen supporter of Pact's work and in 2012, gave the annual Pact lecture, which is named in the memory of the late Sir Harold Hood. The Cardinal’s lecture can be found here.

Pact’s current President, Cardinal Vincent Nichols issued a statement asking people to "pray for the repose of his soul. Pray, too, for his family, and those many friends and colleagues from the Diocese and far beyond who mourn his loss."