Former Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster and former President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has died at the age of 85.
He was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001. He submitted his resignation as archbishop on reaching his 75th birthday in 2007; it was accepted on 3 April 2009 when Pope Benedict appointed Vincent Nichols as the new archbishop.
By virtue of his position as Archbishop of Westminster, Murphy-O’Connor was sometimes referred to as the Catholic Primate of England and Wales.
However, though the holders within the Church of England of the posts of Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York are called the “Primate of All England” and “Primate of England” respectively, the title of primate has never been used by the de facto leaders of the Catholic Church in England and Walesm
The Catholic Church in England and President Muhammadu Buhari share some deep levels of friendship as it could be recalled that when former British prime minister, David Cameron described Nigeria as a ‘fantastically corrupt’ country ahead of an anti-corruption summit in London in 2016, Archbishop Justin Welby had retorted: ‘But this particular President (Buhari) is actually not corrupt’.
Welby personally visited Buhari twice during his medical vacation in London.