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Pope reveres crucifix during Good Friday liturgy at Vatican

‘Evil will not have the last word,’ pope says during Way of Cross

Standing in the midst of a giant cross outlined with small torches, Pope Francis said the cross is a reminder of how much evil people are capable of and how much love Jesus had for a sinful humanity. “It was a heavy cross like the night for those who are abandoned, heavy like the death […]

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Pope to priests: Look for the exit, go out into world, serve with love

A priest is called to be in the midst of his flock, protecting his people, searching for those who are lost and always serving those in need, Pope Francis told the world’s priests. If a priest wants to overcome those inevitable moments of sadness, exhaustion and boredom as well as discover his true identity, he […]

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Sinn Féin apologies to bishop over serious errors in letter

A Sinn Féin MP has apologised to the Bishop of Dromore for a party letter that seriously misrepresented his position on abortion. Paul Maskey said a letter written by local party members and distributed in west Belfast misquoted John McAreavey. In a statement, Bishop McAreavey said he was “appalled” by the “untrue and most damaging […]

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Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person Our Lady of Providence Center in Rome

Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says

In the humble act of washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants them to serve others with love, Pope Francis said. “This is the legacy that Jesus leaves us,” and he wants it to be passed down through people’s loving service to others, he said. During the evening Mass at […]

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Pope appoints Rev Alan Williams as new Bishop of Brentwood

Pope Francis has appointed Father Alan Williams SM, currently the Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, as the seventh Bishop of Brentwood. His episcopal ordination will take place at Brentwood Cathedral on 1st July 2014 at 12 noon. The bishop-elect was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1951. He took final vows […]

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Pope Francis takes personal responsibility for abuse scandal

Pope Francis has said he takes personal responsibility for the “evil” of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the Church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a Pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes of his priests […]

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PM talks candidly about the role of Christian faith in society

David Cameron has stressed the importance of teaching his children about the religious aspects of Easter, after he spoke about the “peace” he finds in faith. The Prime Minister said he wanted Nancy, Arthur Elwen and Florence to understand that the festival was more than just “chocolate eggs”. The comments, in an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk, […]

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Jesuit, who stayed to help Syrians in Homs, reportedly killed

A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits’ Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome. Jesuit Father Frans van der […]

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Pope Francis creates three new saints for Americas

Without a canonisation ceremony, Pope Francis has declared three new saints for the Americas, pioneers of the Catholic Church in Brazil and in Canada. Pope Francis signed decrees on 3rd April recognising: St. Jose de Anchieta, (pictured) a Spanish-born Jesuit who traveled to Brazil in 1553 and became known as the Apostle of Brazil; St. […]

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Dead schoolboy was ‘sweetest kid’

The family of a 12-year-old boy who was pronounced dead at his home in Salford, Manchester, after reportedly being found hanged have spoken of their devastation at his loss. In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police, the mother and stepfather of Kyle Darker described him as “the sweetest kid” who was loved “beyond words”. […]

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