Richard lll progress statement

News release from the Bishop of Leicester

Issued by Leicester Cathedral on 29 November 2013

I am pleased to be able to report that I have today met with the City Mayor and the Vice Chancellor of Leicester University together with the Dean of Leicester.  Our meeting urgently reviewed the outcome of the decision by the Court to adjourn the hearing in respect of the Judicial Review of the Ministry of Justice’s Licence.   We have reaffirmed that all of us, and the institutions which we lead, are absolutely committed to ensuring that the reinterment of Richard III takes place, in our Cathedral, as soon as the legal processes allow.  To that end we will continue to work towards creating a trusting relationship between our institutions going forward.

The City Mayor has repeated the statement he made to the press earlier this week that ownership of the remains of Richard III is irrelevant to the determination of the reinterment.  This is fundamental to our understanding of the significance of human remains, which cannot be regarded as the property or possession of any public institution.

Together, we will now be consulting with the Ministry of Justice and our lawyers in order to present Leicester’s case to the Court when it next meets to take forward the next stage of the hearing.  Meanwhile in the Diocese of Leicester and in the Cathedral we remain grateful for many expressions of confidence we have received and support for the preparations towards the reinterment of Richard III in this city.

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The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester.

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