Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor was praised as a “priest to his fingertips” during a funeral Mass at Westminster Cathedral last week.

Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff said in his homily that the former Archbishop of Westminster was a gifted man who put his talents at the “service of God and the Church and society at large”.

He told mourners that in the weeks approaching his death the cardinal had grown “impatient to be gone”, knowing that his “life’s work was done”.

“What a life and what a work,” said Archbishop Stack, who had previously served as an auxiliary bishop of Westminster under the cardinal. “Cormac was a priest to his fingertips,” he said. “He was comfortable in his own skin. He was aware of his failings, yet supremely confident in his calling.

“He was a gifted man who would have made a success of whatever career he chose. Medicine or music – maybe even golf or perhaps rugby … Yet from an early age he was convinced he should be a priest.

“His gift for friendship and his capacity for putting people at their ease, together with his insightful mind and depth of faith, were a wonderful combination of gifts.”

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