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Letter: Your Say - We owe debt to Archbishop.

Byline: Christine Knox

IT WAS with great sadness and disappointment that I read your report (Telegraph, November 6) of the death of Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville, the seventh Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham from March 25, 1982 until his retirement in 1999.

I felt very sad because it did not seem as if this good and worthy man, who had contributed so much to society and the diocese of Birmingham in particular, had been afforded the respect, esteem and gratitude which he had deserved.

His achievements were considerable. He worked hard to promote ecumenical relations based on friendship. He strengthened and developed the Diocesan Religions Department and worked closely with the Diocesan Schools Commission in the development of diocesan schools.

He helped also to establish the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham as an international college for theology, religious education and catechesis and worked hard to promote vocations and training of priests. He supported and expanded the Newman College of Education in Birmingham so that it was able in 2007 to gain the status of a University College. He also fostered close links between Oscott College and Birmingham University, bringing religious and secular learning into closer harmony.

In so many other and diverse ways did Maurice Couve de Murville contribute to our area, to our society and to the spiritual life of Catholics. We owe a great debt of gratitude to this hardworking prelate who gave unstintingly for the good of others.

Christine Knox, Fir Tree Avenue, Tile Hill.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 17, 2007
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