|UK||DEATH OF CARDINAL BASIL HUME|
Cardinal Hume, 76 year old leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales
since 1976, died late yesterday in London's hospital of St
John and St Elizabeth, attended by two priests, a nurse and one
of his nephews.
Cardinal Hume announced in April that he was suffering from advanced cancer but said that he intended to continue working for as long as possible.
He left hospital earlier this month to receive the Order of Merit from the Queen.
Both the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, and Prime Minister Tony Blair, paid tribute to the late cardinal.
The Prime Minister, whose wife Cherie is Roman Catholic and who has attended Mass regularly in a Catholic church, said that the cardinal was "goodness personified" and "a true holy man of extraordinary humility".
Prior to his appointment to Westminster Cardinal Hume had been abbot at the Benedictine community in Ampleforth in Yorkshire.
The present Abbot, Timothy Wright, said that the community was in mourning for "an inspiring Abbot" who had been a spiritual father to millions throughout the world.
ChurchNet 12:16pm 18/6/99