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Catholics invited to Cardinal O’Brien’s funeral

The family and friends of Cardinal Keith O’Brien have invited clergy and laity to attend the late cardinal’s funeral this week.

Following the cardinal’s death on Monday March 19, the Requiem Mass will take place in the Church of St Michael on Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Thursday of this week, April 5, at 1pm.

The main celebrant will be Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, with bishops and priests welcome to concelebrate with Cardinal Nichols and all are welcome to attend.

Cardinal O’Brien’s body will be laid to rest in the grave of his parents at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh the following day, on April 6 at 1pm.

The Church of St Michael is a short car or taxi journey from the railway station, while those who are fit could walk the uphill distance.

The cardinal’s funeral will take place in the same week as what would have been the 53rd anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, which falls today, April 3, 1965.

A statement released from St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese stated that those who are attending have been asked that charitable donations be made to SCIAF’s Lenten campaign in lieu of flowers.

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

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