Upon hearing of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Archbishop Mark O’Toole of Cardiff and Menevia said:
“We have all been deeply moved to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I ask all Catholics to pray for her, that she may hear those words from her King and Lord, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant – enter into the rest of your Master.’ We pray too for King Charles and all the Royal Family, that they may be comforted at this time of loss.
I was giving a talk on Thursday evening in the Vatican to catechists, bishops and priests from across the world on what it means to try and pass on the Christian Faith. I paused my talk at about 6.20pm UK time for a moment of silence, so that we could recall Queen Elizabeth’s exceptional Christian witness and the way she so often spoke of her relationship with Jesus Christ. All 1,000 of us in the Audience Hall of Paul VI prayed for the Queen at that poignant moment. Shortly afterwards we all heard the news she had died a few hours before.
We entrust her soul to the mercies and blessings of the Lord.”
In response to King Charles’ message on Friday evening, Archbishop Mark said:
“We are grateful to His Majesty King Charles that he has bestowed the title of Prince of Wales on Prince William. Our new Prince and Princess of Wales can be sure of the prayers and deep affection of all Catholics in Wales, as they assume these new responsibilities.”
Archbishop Mark will celebrate Mass for the repose of the soul of Queen Elizabeth at St. David’s Cathedral, Cardiff, at 7pm on Tuesday 13th September, and at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Swansea at 6pm on Wednesday 14th. All are welcome to attend.
Archbishop George will celebrate the 11am Mass on Sunday 11th for Queen Elizabeth.