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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.
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.
The Prince of Wales made another visit to an Eastern congregation whose members have fled persecution that has intensified in recent years. Speaking to mainly Iraqi Chaldean Catholics gathered in Acton, west London, he warned that the availability online of footage of executions by jihadists could take “this so so-called modern age” “into the dark ages”.
On arriving in the Turkish capital Ankara at the start of his three-day visit to the country, Pope Francis immediately addressed the issue of the violence and terrorism that currently lays waste large tracts of Turkey’s neighbours, Syria and Iraq.