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Cardinal O’Brien’s funeral arrangements revealed as mourners face long wait

Mourners of the cardinal have been dealt a blow, with 17 days between his death and his body being laid to rest

The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh following his death on Monday morning March 19 have revealed the details for the funeral of the late Cardinal Keith O’Brien.

An announcement was made on Thursday at 4pm following days of consultation between the cardinal’s family and the Holy See represented by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

There has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the location of the Requiem Mass of the cardinal due to the fact he lived out the final five years of his life in penance, following his resignation in 2013.


The funeral will take place in Newcastle on Thursday April 5 before the burial the following day at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh. Cardinal O’Brien will be put to rest in the lair beside his mother and father.

Mourners of the cardinal have been dealt a blow with the 17-day wait for his body to be laid to rest.

A spokesman for St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese said: “The Requiem Mass of Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien RIP will take place at the Church of St Michael, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Thursday April 5 at 1pm.

“As requested by the Holy See, the main celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.


“The internment of the body of the late Cardinal O’Brien will then take place at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh on April 6 at 1pm.

“The Cardinal’s body will be laid to rest in the grave of his mother and father.

“This was in accordance with wishes expressed by Cardinal O’Brien himself.”

Those attending have also been asked for any charitable donations to be given to SCIAF’s Lenten campaign.

Cardinal O’Brien’s family have asked that no stills or video photography and no audio recordings take place during the Requiem Mass.

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