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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.

Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament and the Council Europe today in a whistle-stop trip to Strasbourg.

Pope Francis on 25 November addressed the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The full text is below:

Your Eminence, Bishop, and Ladies and Gentlemen. Before I leave this wonderful Church I particularly wanted to thank Bishop Vahan for this really exquisite icon, I will treasure it for the rest of my life and I am hugely grateful. It will be a very special memento to my visit to you all here today.

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