Respected Cardinal Dies
Stanford, Peter, Anglican Journal
Basil Hume, who died of cancer in hospital on June 17 at the age of 76, never wanted to lead the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and he certainly had no designs on the papacy though he was often talked about as "papabile".
A diffident Benedictine priest who would have been happy to spend his life at his beloved Ampleforth Abbey in north Yorkshire, he was the surprise choice in 1976 to take over from the pugnacious John Heenan as Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.
Despite his initial misgivings and a charming awkwardness at the announcement of his elevation, Basil Hume went on to win a national and international reputation among bishops, …
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Publication information: Article title: Respected Cardinal Dies. Contributors: Stanford, Peter - Author. Magazine title: Anglican Journal. Volume: 125. Issue: 7 Publication date: September 1999. Page number: 16. © Anglican Church of Canada Feb 2009. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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