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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.
"We shall overcome," Cardinal Sean O'Malley declared in his homily at the March for Life Mass at the National Shrine in Washington. Having likened the pro-life struggle to the Civil Rights movement, and underlined the biblical imperative for protecting life, he then urged the congregation to resist the temptation to "curse those who advocate for abortions and promote and defend this barbaric practice".
In his annual message to the diplomatic corps at the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered a message of almost unremitting darkness regarding the current state of the world. He began his address by evoking an image from an icon by the mediaeval Russian iconographer Andrei Rublev (c1360-c1430).
Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, one of the few African American bishops in the United States, issued a 19-page pastoral letter, “The Racial Divide in the United States: a Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015”, on New Year’s Day.
Archbishop Tartaglia preached the following homily for the Funeral Mass of Jack and Lorraine Sweeney and of Erin McQuade.
This was the address that left its audience reeling. When Pope Francis finished speaking there was muted applause.
Today with Christ and His people I offer the Sacrifice of the Mass for the victims of the recent siege in Martin Place and their families, commending their souls to Almighty God and praying for eternal rest for them.