Birmingham, England, Sep 9, 2022 / 16:00 pm
Catholic officials from Commonwealth countries around the world have expressed their sorrow and offered their prayers in response to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Elizabeth died Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at age 96. Her family had gathered at the castle, including her eldest son, who has succeeded her as King Charles III.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster said, “Queen Elizabeth II will remain, always, a shining light in our history. May she now rest in peace. We pray for His Majesty the King, as he assumes his new office even as he mourns his mother. God save the King.”
Wishes have come in from much further afield, including from many Catholic members of the Commonwealth.
In addition to the U.K. there are 14 Commonwealth realms over which the British monarch is head of state. The wider Commonwealth of Nations, a political association largely made of former British colonies, is made up of…