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English Cardinal Roche praises late Queen Elizabeth’s ‘love for her people’

The late Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle on 6 September 2022 (PA)

Cardinal Arthur Roche expresses his immense sadness upon the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and praises her lifetime of dedication to serving her people.

As the world learned of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, English-born Cardinal Arthur Roche released a statement to express the “immense sadness” of all those who work in the Holy See but hail from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the countries of the Commonwealth.

The Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments was born in Batley Carr, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

In his statement, the Cardinal said the late Queen dedicated herself “unstintingly to serve her people, but also entrusted this to God’s protection.”

"Her Christian faith, expressed so often in her annual Christmas messages and elsewhere, were moments of outstanding witness to her faith, the Gospel and the values of the common good, family life, peace and concord among peoples."

Life dedicated to others
Cardinal Roche recalled that, in her first radio broadcast at the age of 21 in 1947, Queen Elizabeth promised to dedicate her entire life to the service of her people.

He prayed that God might rest her "great soul" in peace.


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