Texts, speeches, homilies

The full text of the joint declaration between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia

The Vatican has released an official itinerary of Pope Francis' trip to Mexico from Friday 12 February to Wednesday 17 February 2016

The final report of the synod of the family to Pope Francis which took place in the Vatican in October 2015

'The culture of poor neighbourhoods, steeped in this particular wisdom has very positive traits, which can offer something to these times in which we live; it is expressed in values such as solidarity, giving one’s life for others, preferring birth to death, providing Christian burial to one’s dead; finding a place for the sick in one’s home, sharing bread with the hungry, showing patience and strength when faced with great adversity, and so on'

God’s word speaks to us in the depths of our heart. Today God tells us that we belong to him. He made us, we are his family, and he will always be there for us. 'Fear not', he says to us, 'I have chosen you and I promise to give you my blessing' (cf. Is 44:2)..

'I express the support of the Catholic community, and my own, to continue to pray and work that the fruits of regional cooperation, expressed today in the African Union and the many African agreements on commerce, cooperation and development, may be vigorously pursued and always take into account the common good of the sons and daughters of this land'

The full text of the sermon given by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, above, Preacher to the Papal Household, at a Eucharist in Westminster Abbey on 24 November

Letter/Statement by leading Christians in India decrying discrimination against non Hindus


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