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Pope Francis unveiled his vision for the Holy Year of Mercy at Vespers in St Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, saying that the Church must be “an oasis of mercy”.
On 10 April the bishops' conference of Scotland issued a Pastoral Letter on the General Election highlighting issues for voters to consider when choosing who to support on 7 May.
Tonight is a night of vigil. The Lord is not sleeping; the Watchman is watching over his people (cf. Ps 121:4), to bring them out of slavery and to open before them the way to freedom.
Pope Francis' message for Easter Sunday
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, urged Christians to emulate Oscar Romero by making the cries of the poor central to their prayers during an ecumenical homily at St Martin in the Fields in London on 21 March.
Pope Francis is making governments around the world “sit up and take notice” thanks to the huge global impact of his pronouncements on social and economic behaviour, according to the British Ambassador to the Holy See.
The bishops of England and Wales issued their pre-election voter guidance ahead of May's general election.
Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter into their hearts, making them joyful, merciful and strong, Pope Francis said in his message for Lent 2015.
The Church of England has this week intervened directly for the first time in a general election campaign urging people to consider carefully why they vote.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols welcomed the Archbishop of Erbil, Bashar Warda, to Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 11 February 2015.