09 September 2014, The Tablet

Cardinal to offer Masses for Richard III ahead of reburial service

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside over the re-burial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral next year.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Masses in local churches for the King, who died aged 32 at the Battle of Bosworth, ahead of his re-interment.

Richard’s remains, which were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012, will be carried in procession through villages connected with the Wars of the Roses before being taken to the Cathedral, where they will lie in repose for three days.

Afterwards he will be re-interred following a service presided over by Archbishop Justin Welby.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said: "The death of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 was a decisive moment in English history.

"It is now fitting that his remains should be reinterred with dignity and accompanied by the prayers of the church in Leicester Cathedral."

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