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- Pope prays for Syria, Nigeria and Ukraine in Urbi et Orbi Easter message
- Abused children, parents of addicts and victims of financial crisis remembered in Pope's Way of the Cross meditations
- All are capable of betraying Jesus but no one should doubt his mercy, says papal preacher at Good Friday liturgy
- Pope Francis washes feet of women and non-Catholics at centre for elderly and disabled
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- Archbishop Welby, is a healthy church always a growing one?1 Christopher Lamb
- A married priesthood would right many wrongs7 Alex Walker
Pope Francis prayed for Syria and refugees fleeing religious persecution before giving the Urbi et Orbi blessing.
Standing in the midst of a giant cross outlined with small torches, Pope Francis said the cross is a reminder of how much evil people are capable of and how much love Jesus had for a sinful humanity.
Everyone is capable of betraying Jesus as Judas did, but no one should make the mistake of doubting God's mercy and willingness to forgive, the papal preacher said at today's Liturgy of the Lord's Passion.
Non-Catholics and women were among the 12 disabled and elderly people whose feet Pope Francis washed and kissed when he celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper this evening.
Permission to ordain married men should be widened, according to three bishops of England and Wales who have spoken out following reports that Pope Francis would like episcopal conferences to put forward suggestions for reform.
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has faced down criticism of its refusal to release the findings of a marriage and family survey by revealing it had been requested to keep the results secret by a Vatican cardinal.
The long-standing director of music at St Marie’s Cathedral in Hallam has been made redundant as the cathedral struggles to pay back a debt of more than £1 million. Other economies will affect the position of the cathedral administrator, who will not be replaced following the retirement of the present incumbent, and two other posts, which are to continue with reduced hours.
A Passion Play in Oxford has been cancelled after a bureaucratic misunderstanding involving the local police and council.
The Prime Minister has praised the “acts of kindness” by Christians in Britain such as running soup kitchens, homeless shelters and the evangelistic Alpha course in prisons.
The first Catholic priest since the Reformation has been ordained at the Protestant Church of Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of St Olaf, Norway’s patron saint, who was King of Norway in the eleventh century, the cathedral was taken over by the Lutheran Church at the Reformation.