Last week, the VEC held a mass in memory of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, former Rector of the Venerable English College and former archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster. Archbishop Paul Gallagher (the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States) presided while Archbishop Arthur Roche (Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship) gave a moving homily. Continuing our tributes to Cardinal Cormac, here is an interview by Philippa Hitchen from Vatican Radio in which the Cardinal talks about his recollections of the College as a student and then a rector, Pope John Paul's visit to the UK in 1982 and his hopes for Pope Francis' pontificate.
On Wednesday 4 October the College was joined by over 50 of the Friends of the Venerabile for Mass and supper. The Friends pray for the College students and provide funding for a series of projects which in recent years have included a car for student use, the resurfacing of the tennis courts at Palazzola and the upholstering of the sofas in the Common Room.
On the sixth and final day of our pilgrimage, we went to Istanbul where we visited St Sophie (Aya Sofya) Museum and the Topkapi Palace. We closed the pilgrimage with a mass at the Church of Santa Maria Draperis which is one of the most ancient Roman Catholic parishes of Istanbul. We thank Canon Mervyn Tower and Mine Gezen for directing and guiding our pilgrimage to Turkey, and Nicholas and Pamela Coote and the Friends of the Venerabile for making the pilgrimage possible.
A round-up of events at the Venerable English College.