Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster
Murphy-O'Connor was the tenth Archbishop of Westminster (2000 - 2009) and thus head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales; he is also the former President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
From 1983 to 2000 he was Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Committee for Christian Unity, and, from 1994 to 2000, was Chair of the Department for Mission and Unity. In 2000 he was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity by then Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey in recognition of all his work for Christian unity. Since leaving Westminster he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. In 2010 he received two honorary doctoral degrees, from the national Catholic University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and from Boston College, Massachusetts, for his 'powerful example of faith, pastoral care, and commitment to Roman Catholicism.'