'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
In his address at the commemorative ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops at the weekend, Pope Francis said that the synod is the unfinished business of Vatican II, putting collegiality into action
The German group extensively discusses the concepts of mercy and truth, grace and justice, which are repeatedly understood as opposites, and their theological relationship to one another. In God they are not opposites...
Importance and influence of the Synod of Bishops in the life and mission of the Church in Europe: Reflections of H.E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster at a commemoration service in The Vatican on 17 October 2015
Statement by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, co-chairman of the Anglican-Catholic ecumenical dialogue, on subject of non-Catholic Christians married to Catholics receiving communion
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