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Fr Charles-Roux

Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux brought the mystical aura of French royalism to London as a priest of the Rosminian order, and served as chaplain on Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. The Free-French war veteran lived to 99. Fr

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Bishop Saunders of Broome

Sport is our national obsession. It is a mirror that shows us both the best and the worst in us. It can build communities and can open doors for those who might be on the margins of our society, writes Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome.

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Papal press conference

Pope Francis has conducted another of his now trademark press conferences on a plane, this time while returning from Albania - and with a clear message for the world about what he learned there about courage and fraternity.

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Gospel reading

Matthew 21: 28-32 : Here Jesus warns about being complacent about our relationship with God. His love can be spurned, yet no matter how far we have strayed from God, it is never too late to turn back.

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Pope Francis

As world political leaders meet to discuss climate policy, an influential science journal has argued that it is the moral leadership of organised religion that will be key to saving the world from environmental destruction, writes The Telegraph.

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Elaine Stritch

She was as tart as a whiskey sour, brassy and bracing as a five-star general. Elaine Stritch was a complete original. Here, The Telegraph in London remembers an extraordinary talent.

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Syrian children at a refugee camp in Jordan

The Chinese province where it's dangerous to be Christian, Irish Times on Ian Paisley, a saint for Sri Lanka, Patriarch fears extinction for Mid-east Christians, New Jersey nun set for beatification, abortion funding in US health care law.

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Virgin and child by Sirani

A new exhibition highlighting the rich artistic tradition of depictions of Mary and exploring the concept of womanhood represented by the Blessed Virgin will be running in Washington and offering online galleries.

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Leonard Cohen sings

Leonard Cohen's anthem Hallelujah hit the headlines again recently when Fr Ray Kelly's tailored cover version for a wedding in rural Ireland went viral. But what is its enduring appeal, asks Fr Thomas Casey in The Irish Times.

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Last will be first

Jesus delivers a strong social justice message in Matthew this week, one which is sometimes bitter for even the most committed Christian to hear.

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Martin Luther

Christendom at the end of the Thirty Years War was very different from the one Martin Luther experienced. What happened in the wake of the Reformation is the subject of this overview reviewed by The Tablet.

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Stabat Mater

Grief is a complicated emotion, as Kerry Weber discovered when her infant niece Marian Elizabeth died after only a few hours of life. She explores her family's reaction to the loss of the new-born for Faith in Focus in America magazine.

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The ceremony

Amid the splendour of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, 20 Italian couples were married during last weekend - and their celebrant was no ordinary priest, but Pope Francis himself. So what does the Holy Father have to say on the essentials of marriage?

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Kevin Sheedy and Geraldine Doogue with Bishop Saunders

Leunig mocking Christ? Canberra cathedral precinct, Labor wants refugee increase, Govt asylum boat record, Sydney prayers for Middle East, marriage celebrated in Wollongong, Bunbury Catholic College, singer Paul Kelly becomes a doctor.

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Cardinal Kasper

What does mercy mean for the life and mission of the Church, asks Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose work on the subject has captured the imagination of Pope Francis. Cardinal Kasper will take part in next month's Synod on the Family.

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Sr Joan then and now

The oft-outspoken Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister is one of America's best known religious women. U.S. Catholic has this interview discussing her book, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, about the spirituality of later life.

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Jesuit schools gather at Opera House

Judge Slattery mourned, Tony Abbott on the return to Iraq, Jesuit schools gather to commemorate Restoration, Bishops urge Govt to provide refuge to IS victims, mental health crisis in bush, Archbishop Porteous on joy of Gospel.

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President Obama and Cardinal Dolan

What makes Pope Francis a master communicator? On a recent visit to Australia, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, took time to record this relaxed interview with XT3 TV and share his insights on the "Francis Effect."

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Yezidi at shrine in Lalish

One of the minorities in the gunsights of IS has been the Yazidi people. It was the harrowing story of their retreat up Mt Sinjar that helped galvanise world opinion for the new intervention in Iraq which Australia has joined. But who are they?

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1994 ceasefire

Scottish independence? Russian invasion, Filipino earthquake victims await Francis dinner, Patriarch of Constantinople announces Environment Summit, Benedict and the Tridentine Mass, Myanmar Catholics celebrate.

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