|UK||NEW ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER ANNOUNCED|
Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Bishop of the English diocese of Arundel and Brighton since 1977, has been appointed Archbishop of Westminster.
The position of spiritual leader of Catholics in England and Wales had been vacant since the death of Cardinal Hume in June 1999.
The Catholic Media Office also announced the appointment of Bishop Vincent Nichols, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster since 1992, has been appointed Archbishop of Birmingham.
Archbishop Michael Bowen of Southwark, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said: "I am delighted with these excellent appointments, which, I am sure, will carry forward the work of the Church in England and Wales very well".
Archbishop-Elect Murphy-O'Connor said: "Although I am not as young as I was when I first became a bishop, I now undertake this new task with equal willingness, encouraged as I know I will be by the good wishes and prayers of so very many people."
The announcement of the Bishop Murphy-O'Connor's appointment had been preempted ten days ago by reports in the British Sunday press.
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