Friends of the Cardinal Hume Centre filled the Sacred Heart chapel at the Centre on Tuesday evening, celebrating an anniversary Mass for Cardinal Hume alongside members of his family and friends. This week is sixteen years since the Cardinal’s death, who founded the Centre almost thirty years ago.
The Mass celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, a trustee of the Centre, had the theme of ‘mercy’ ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis, which begins in December.
During the celebration, words of Cardinal Hume inspired and challenged those gathered. In his book, To be a pilgrim: A spiritual notebook, the Cardinal reflected that ‘God’s love is manifested in Jesus Christ… a love which is merciful… that understands the weakness of humanity’. This merciful approach to all those who come to the Centre for sanctuary is fundamental to its ethos.
Cathy Corcoran, CEO of the Centre, said: “The annual Mass of Thanksgiving is an important part of our year. It is a moment when the Centre’s whole community is reminded of our founder’s abiding compassion for people on the margins of society. It is also a time when we recommit ourselves to offer sanctuary and support to those people in most need in these increasingly difficult times, with more people in working families living below the poverty line, struggling to make ends meet.”