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Texts, speeches, homilies

15 April 2014

Pope Francis' 2014 Good Friday meditations reflect on women and children who have been abused, desperate migrants and those who have lost their jobs because of the economic crisis.

15 April 2014

Pope Francis challenged his 100,000 hearers at this year’s Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square, asking in the narrative of Christ’s passion and death, “Who am I?”

01 April 2014 by Cardinal Sean O'Malley

It is the Lampedusa of the United States – the border crossing where each year hundreds of desperate migrants perish trying to enter in search of a better life. On 1 April the US bishops' migration committee, who have long campaigned for illegal immigrants to be allowed to regularise their status, highlighted the issue at a special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

26 March 2014

To commemorate the 34th anniversary of the death of the former Archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero, a German Jesuit, Fr Martin Maier SJ, who has worked in the country, spoke at an ecumenical service at St Martin in the Fields in London

26 March 2014

Malcolm McMahon, the Bishop of Nottingham has been appointed the next Archbishop of Liverpool. Speaking to journalists when the announcement was made on 21 March, the archbishop-elect pledged to “get the smell of the sheep” in his new diocese, quoting a phrase used by Pope Francis when he urged priests to be close to their people.

14 March 2014

The Leeds branch of A Call to Action, a Catholic pro-reform group, has released a statement about the new translation of the Missal.

12 March 2014

One of the concrete actions Pope Francis has taken in his first year leading the Catholic Church has been to call a synod devoted to the subject of marriage and family life – and to ask lay people for their views.

28 February 2014

The results of the Vatican questionnaire on marriage and the family show many Catholics acting at odds with church teaching, according to an analysis commissioned and approved by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

26 February 2014

Pope Francis has written to families ahead of October’s Synod on the challenges they face, asking for their “crucial” support in prayer.

21 February 2014

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.