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Texts, speeches, homilies
Pope Francis has written to families ahead of October’s Synod on the challenges they face, asking for their “crucial” support in prayer.
Last autumn the Vatican ordered an unprecedented survey of Catholic views on issues around marriage and family life – such as contraception and same-sex marriage – in advance of October’s Extraordinary Synod on the family.
On the eve of Vincent Nichols receiving the red hat from Pope Francis, his predecessor in Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, prayed for him, celebrated Mass, and in a homily said that as last year had been the "Year of the Two Popes", this year is the "Year of the Two Cardinals".
Six years after the financial crash that led to the global recession, inequality has only deepened and a vision for a new financial regime has yet to be discovered. So said Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace, at a lecture at the London School of Economics.
On 5 February the United Nations issued an unprecedented and hard-hitting report into the Holy See’s record on dealing with the sexual abuse of minors by priests.
Pope Francis' Message for Lent 2014, released on 4 February, takes as its theme a verse from St Paul's second letter to the Corinthians: "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich". In it he warns Catholics they must give until hurts if they truly wish to be Christ-like.
The bishops of Sudan and South Sudan, who continue to operate as a single bishops’ conference since secession by the South in 2011, said the two-and-a-half-year-old nation is caught in “a time of crisis, perhaps one of the gravest situations we have ever faced”. Read their statement here
In his message for World Communications Day, which this year falls on 1 June, Pope Francis praises social media for bringing people closer together.
This week business leaders and industrialists began meeting in the Swiss town of Davos for the 44th World Economic Forum. Professor Klaus Schwab, the event’s founder and Executive Chairman, invited Pope Francis to send a message to the gathering.
Relations between the Vatican and the Orthodox Churches appeared to re-energised by the election of Pope Francis and talk of a meeting between the Pope and the Russian Patriarch, which has thus far proved elusive, resurfaced.