Cardinal Basil Hume, the leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales, revealed Saturday he has an advanced case of cancer.
    ``I have received two wonderful graces. First, I have been given time to prepare for a new future. Secondly, I find myself -- uncharacteristically -- calm and at peace,'' the 76-year-old cardinal wrote to priests in his archdiocese.
    He did not disclose what type of cancer he had.
    ``I intend to carry on working as much and as long as I can. I have no intention of being an invalid until I have to submit to the illness,'' Hume said in his letter. ``But nevertheless, I shall be a bit limited in what I can do. Above all, no fuss. The future is in God's hands. I am determined to see the Holy Year (2000) in.''
    A Benedictine monk, Hume was abbot of Ampleforth, which has a prestigious Catholic school, until he was appointed cardinal in 1976.

9:38am 15/4/99 / AP


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