Pope Francis' message for Easter Sunday
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, urged Christians to emulate Oscar Romero by making the cries of the poor central to their prayers during an ecumenical homily at St Martin in the Fields in London on 21 March.
Pope Francis is making governments around the world “sit up and take notice” thanks to the huge global impact of his pronouncements on social and economic behaviour, according to the British Ambassador to the Holy See.
The bishops of England and Wales issued their pre-election voter guidance ahead of May's general election.
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.
"We shall overcome," Cardinal Sean O'Malley declared in his homily at the March for Life Mass at the National Shrine in Washington. Having likened the pro-life struggle to the Civil Rights movement, and underlined the biblical imperative for protecting life, he then urged the congregation to resist the temptation to "curse those who advocate for abortions and promote and defend this barbaric practice".
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.
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