31/03/2013 12:12 pm

Easter Message: Pope Francis calls for peace in the world's conflict zones

In his first Easter message, given from the balcony of St Peter's, Pope Francis called on the world to look to the Risen Christ to bring about peace and reconciliation in areas of conflict, crisis, war and oppression.

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29/03/2013 7:19 pm

Vatican: Passion of Our Lord Sermon

In silent procession, wearing red vestments, Pope Francis made his way down the nave of St Peter’s basilica as the sunset over the dome on Friday evening. There before the High Altar, he lay prostrate in prayer. This was the opening act of the liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion, the central commemoration of Good Friday, the memorial of Christ’s suffering and death for the salvation of mankind.

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27/03/2013 11:56 pm

Patriarch: "Middle East is suffering cruelly in its innermost being"

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, used his Holy Thursday homily to focus attention on the Middle East and stress the importance of peace in the Holy Land as pivotal to peace in the wider region.

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27/03/2013 3:46 pm

Pope Francis - Holy week challenges us to step outside ourselves

Today I would like to focus a little on Holy Week. With Palm Sunday we began this week - the center of the whole liturgical year - in which we accompany Jesus in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.

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25/03/2013 7:03 pm

"We should not risk cutting our roots in Christianity" - Archbishop of Westminster

Following the mass of inauguration for Pope Francis in Rome and the enthronement of Archbishop Welby in Canterbury, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, wrote this reflection in the Sunday Telegraph on bringing the Word of God to the world.

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23/03/2013 2:36 pm

Pope and Pope Emeritus share "moment of profound communion"

Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, reveals the details of this morning’s historic encounter between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus - an encounter he has described as a "moment of profound and elevated communion".

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21/03/2013 3:30 pm

Pope assures Archbishop of Canterbury of his prayers ahead of enthronement

Pope Francis today sent a message to the Archbishop of Canterbury on the occasion of Dr. Justin Welby's enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral.

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20/03/2013 3:30 pm

CSAN: Budget does nothing to stop the squeeze on poor families

The social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned that today’s Budget Statement does nothing to stop the squeeze on poor families.

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20/03/2013 12:45 pm

Young Catholics come together for "great celebration of faith"

Young Catholics come together for "great celebration of faith". At the end of an exciting week in the Catholic Church, following the election of Pope Francis, the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation brought its Congress to the North East for the first time in CYMfed’s short history. 

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19/03/2013 9:43 am

Pope Francis' Inauguration Homily

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily preached at his inauguration Mass in St Peter's Square on Tuesday 19 March 2013. A PDF download of the homily is also available. 

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18/03/2013 5:35 pm

New Evangelisation: Invitation to Share Easter ‘Wonder’ Digitally

The celebration of Easter, especially the Easter Vigil, is the most wonderful and amazing event in the Christian calendar, bringing hope and joy to everyone. But if the Easter message is to be received, then it must be proclaimed. Where best to start doing that proclaiming than on the digital continent. 

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17/03/2013 11:55 pm

Pope Francis: Mass at Vatican parish and Angelus

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday in the parish church of Vatican City, dedicated to St Anne, the mother of Our Lady. “He has come for us,” said Pope Francis in his homily, “when we recognise that we are sinners... Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message.”

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16/03/2013 12:55 pm

Pope Francis: Audience with Communications Professionals

Pope Francis met with professional communicators on Saturday, receiving them in audience in the Paul VI Hall, the lobby of which had been converted into a media centre serving the more than 5,000 thousand journalists accredited with the Press Office of the Holy See during the Papal transition.

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15/03/2013 6:00 pm

St Francis of Assisi

The new Pope is named after the much-loved Italian saint, St Francis of Assisi, who was born in 1181. 

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15/03/2013 12:55 pm

Pope Francis meets with full College of Cardinals

Pope Francis met on Friday with the College of Cardinals in the Clementine Hall. It was his first meeting with the full College of Cardinals. On Thursday evening, he celebrated Mass ending the Conclave with the Cardinals under 80 who participated in the election of the Pope.

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15/03/2013 12:10 pm

Tuesday 19 March - a day to share the joy of our faith, says national mission bishop

The Bishop who oversees the work of evangelisation in England and Wales is inviting Catholics to share joy on 19 March, the day that Pope Francis celebrates his inauguration. 

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14/03/2013 10:03 pm

Pope Francis' First Homily

The newly-elected Pope Francis celebrated Mass with the College of Cardinals on Thursday, in the Sistine Chapel and preached his first homily. "I would like that all of us, after these days of grace, might have the courage - the courage - to walk in the presence of the Lord, with the Cross of the Lord: to build the Church on the Blood of the Lord, which is shed on the Cross, and to profess the one glory, Christ Crucified. In this way, the Church will go forward."

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14/03/2013 9:48 pm

Pope Francis pays homage to Our Lady

Pope Francis is an early riser and surprised the Romans on the very first morning of his pontificate by visiting, at 8.15 am, local time, one of Rome's Major Basilicas, Saint Mary Major. The Pope came bearing a floral homage.

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14/03/2013 8:55 pm

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Election of Pope Francis

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has celebrated a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Mass took place in Westminster Cathedral at 5.30pm on Thursday 14 March.

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14/03/2013 2:35 pm

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor on the Election of Pope Francis

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor said the Catholic Church has been very blessed with the election of Pope Francis. He is a humble, kind and gentle man, and will bring a new style to leadership in the Church.

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