Louise Allain, 14th January, 2014
Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, soon to be Cardinal Nichols
As Vice President of the Catholic charity Jospice, Cherie Blair would like to offer her congratulations to their President, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, on being named a Cardinal. Pope Francis made the announcement during the Angelus in St Peter's Square last Sunday.
Though now a Vice President of the charity,Cherie has long been affiliated with Jospice and as a school girl helped raise money for Jospice's founder, Father Francis O'Leary, who set up the first hospice in Rawalpindi Pakistan. The charity now has several overseas hospices, as well as a UK branch of Jospice in Thornton, north of Liverpool.
Pat Murphy, Director of fundraising at the charity, was at school with Cherie and similarly began her affiliation with Jospice by helping to raise money for Fr O'Leary's goal to open hospices for the dying, back in the 1960's.
Pat said, "I am sure you will have heard on the news yesterday that Archbishop Vincent Nichols will become a Cardinal at the next consistory in Rome on 22nd February. The Archbishop was cousin to the founder of Jospice and has been the President of our charity for over 10 years. It is a great honour and privilege, and I am sure that you all join with us in sending him our congratulations."
We send the Archbishop every good wish as he takes up the red hat.