London, 1 September 2017. The Delegation of Great Britain and Ireland notes with much regret and profound sadness the passing of His Eminence Cormac, Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, aged 85.
Cardinal Cormac was a longstanding supporter of the Order and as Prior of the Delegation of Great Britain & Ireland of the Constantinian Order he served as the spiritual head in our countries. His Eminence was first invested into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George in 2002 as a Bailiff Knight Grand Cross of Justice.
In 2013 Cardinal Cormac was appointed by the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Castro, to the rank and dignity of Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I in recognition of his many years of service as Prior of the British and Irish Delegation.
In 2000, Cormac Murphy O-Connor became leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and was appointed as cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.
Cardinal Cormac will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. Requiescat in pace.