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Texts, speeches, homilies

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.

21 February 2014

On the eve of Vincent Nichols receiving the red hat from Pope Francis, his predecessor in Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, prayed for him, celebrated Mass, and in a homily said that as last year had been the "Year of the Two Popes", this year is the "Year of the Two Cardinals".

11 February 2014

Six years after the financial crash that led to the global recession, inequality has only deepened and a vision for a new financial regime has yet to be discovered. So said Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace, at a lecture at the London School of Economics.

05 February 2014

On 5 February the United Nations issued an unprecedented and hard-hitting report into the Holy See’s record on dealing with the sexual abuse of minors by priests.