Ten years in hot seat

This week marked the end of Fr Federico Lombardi’s tenure as the Vatican spokesman after ten years in the role, reports John Allen in Crux.

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Call to all pilgrims

The Italian bishops' conference has issued an advisory to pilgrims after a young Italian died of meningitis while she was returning home from World Youth Day in Poland, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Powerful messages for peace

The Archbishop of Rouen has stressed the need for forgiveness at the funeral Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel, murdered by men claiming allegiance to Islamic State, and the priest's sister has appealed for all faiths to work together for peace.

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Hearing for two weeks

A survivor of sexual abuse within the Anglican church has told a hearing in Newcastle, in NSW, that his back was cut while he was raped to symbolise Christ's blood, reports the ABC.

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Damning conclusions

A report by Caritas Europe has found that economic hardship experienced by Syrian refugee families living in neighbouring countries is forcing children into prostitution and child labour, reports The Tablet.

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Anything but quiet

Newlyweds Alice and Chris Williams didn’t opt for the quiet getaway for their honeymoon. Instead, the Gold Coast couple were compelled to share their first few weeks with millions of Catholics at World Youth Day, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Commission gender balance

Pope Francis has created a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Church, following up on a promise made last May, reports NCR Online.

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Cardinal Franciszek Macharski

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, a popular Polish prelate who served for many years as Archbishop of Kraków, has died aged 89, just five days after Pope Francis visited him in hospital in Kraków, reports AP in The Catholic Herald.

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Strong affirmation

In the context of global carnage, World Youth Day made the case for hope in eloquent fashion, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Condition not critical

A priest in Belgium has been stabbed after letting an asylum-seeker into his home to use his shower, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Jack Green

I am one of an increasing number of young men who have decided to become a priest, writes Jack Green in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Sheila Cloney

Sheila Cloney found herself at the centre of a national scandal during the 1950s, in the middle of a battle between the Catholic and Protestant churches. Her biography is one of 41 new lives recently added to The Dictionary of Irish Biography.

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Pope and the Black Madonna

World Youth Day produced many memorable scenes during the five-day celebration which ended on Sunday night. Here we bring you a gallery of some of them.

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Waiting for police decision

Pope Francis said he will wait until Australian justice takes its course before taking a position on Cardinal George Pell, who is under investigation in his homeland over sexual abuse allegations, reports Reuters.

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Classy thriller

This action spy-thriller is the fifth Bourne movie in a popular series that began in 2002, focusing on Jason Bourne's memories of the past, and his attempts to confront his freshly discovered identity.

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Mysterious comments

What did the Pope mean when he said, “It’s war, we don’t have to be afraid to say this . . . a war of interests, for money, resources. I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don’t want war. The others want war.”

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Powerful show of solidarity

French, Italian, and British Muslims attended Mass in their respective countries on Sunday and joined vigils in remembrance of the life of Fr Jacques Hamel, 86, who was murdered last week by two Muslims, reports The Tablet.

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Strong argument

In an interview on his flight returning from World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland, Pope Francis denied that Islam itself is violent and insisted that the potential for violence lies within every religion, including Catholicism, reports Crux.

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