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Texts, speeches, homilies

22 January 2014

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.

21 January 2014

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.

16 January 2014

What does the new constitution that Egyptians have been voting on this week amount to? Some say it is better news for women and religious minorities than the previous sharia-based one, while others fear it hands too much power to the military.

14 January 2014

In his annual address to the Vatican's Diplomatic Corps on Monday Pope Francis noted once again the plight of Christians in the Middle East and Africa and the suffering of victims of violence worldwide.

08 January 2014

Preaching on Epiphany, the prominent Dominican bioethicist and bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, contrasted the Enlightenment to the truth of the Gospel and noted that the eighteenth-century movement had been followed by terror and totalitarianism

25 December 2013

Pope Francis prayed for victims of violence and war in his Christmas Urbi et Orbi blessing.

25 December 2013

The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, highlighted the plight of Christians in the Middle East in his homily for Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral in London on Christmas Eve.

24 December 2013

Pope Francis tonight presided at his first Christmas Mass as Bishop of Rome, telling worshippers in a brief homily that Jesus is not just a teacher of wisdom, but is the meaning of life and history, the light who brightens our darkness and is our peace.

18 December 2013

The Prince of Wales made an unprecented plea for the protection of the Middle East's ancient Christian Churches, who he said were being deliberately targeted by Islamic extremists.

12 December 2013

In his first message to mark World Peace Day, which falls on 1 January, Pope Francis made a renewed attack on the global economic system as well as highlighting human trafficking, the absence of religious freedom and organised crime as threats to global peace.