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Texts, speeches, homilies
In his Good Friday homily, the papal preacher, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, focused on Judas Iscariot, whose "greatest sin was not in having betrayed Christ but in having doubted his mercy". We can all betray Jesus, he warned - by worshipping that "idol par excellence" - money, or by a spouse being adulterous or by a minister being "unfaithful to his state in life".
Pope Francis at the Chrism Mass, during which the sacramental oils are blessed, preaches on priestly joy, which is "a priceless treasure, not only for the priest himself, but for the entire faithful people of God", and admits he has occasionally had "moments of listlessness and boredom" in his ministry.
Pope Francis' 2014 Good Friday meditations reflect on women and children who have been abused, desperate migrants and those who have lost their jobs because of the economic crisis.
Pope Francis challenged his 100,000 hearers at this year’s Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square, asking in the narrative of Christ’s passion and death, “Who am I?”
It is the Lampedusa of the United States – the border crossing where each year hundreds of desperate migrants perish trying to enter in search of a better life. On 1 April the US bishops' migration committee, who have long campaigned for illegal immigrants to be allowed to regularise their status, highlighted the issue at a special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
To commemorate the 34th anniversary of the death of the former Archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero, a German Jesuit, Fr Martin Maier SJ, who has worked in the country, spoke at an ecumenical service at St Martin in the Fields in London
Malcolm McMahon, the Bishop of Nottingham has been appointed the next Archbishop of Liverpool. Speaking to journalists when the announcement was made on 21 March, the archbishop-elect pledged to “get the smell of the sheep” in his new diocese, quoting a phrase used by Pope Francis when he urged priests to be close to their people.
The Leeds branch of A Call to Action, a Catholic pro-reform group, has released a statement about the new translation of the Missal.
One of the concrete actions Pope Francis has taken in his first year leading the Catholic Church has been to call a synod devoted to the subject of marriage and family life – and to ask lay people for their views.
The results of the Vatican questionnaire on marriage and the family show many Catholics acting at odds with church teaching, according to an analysis commissioned and approved by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.