Friday 22 May 2009

The Eleventh Archbishop of Westminster

Yesterday Most Rev. Vincent Nichols was installed as the eleventh Archbishop of Westminster, in a splendid celebration at Westminster Cathedral. The Archbishop takes on a heavy burden, taking charge of a large and important diocese and becoming a national leader for the Church in this country.

Just before noon he left Archbishop's House adjoining the Cathedral and processed along Ambrosden Avenue to the main west doors of the Cathedral. There he was greeted by the Cathedral Chapter and led to his new cathedra, the sign of his authority in his Diocese. The Mass was covered live by the BBC and in all its aspects seemed to be a spectacular occasion.

In his homily the Archbishop said, "Faith in God is not, as some would portray it today, a narrowing of the human mind or spirit. It is precisely the opposite. Faith in God is the gift that takes us beyond our limited self, with all its incessant demands. It opens us to a life that stretches us, enlightens us, and often springs surprises upon us. Such faith, like love, sees that which is invisible and lives by it." The full text of the homily can be found on the BBC news website, here. There are some excellent pictures of before and after the Mass on the Catholic Herald website: click here.