Hebe de Bonafini

Francis has welcomed a figure from his native country who had been not only one of his most vocal critics, but who once occupied his cathedral and used the area behind the altar as a bathroom, reports Crux.

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Momentous meeting

Thirty years after St John Paul first visited the Synagogue of Rome, the Jewish Museum of Rome is holding an exhibition in the same synagogue to commemorate that meeting.

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Higher calling

Retired New York fireman Tom Colucci realised his dream of becoming a priest when he was ordained at St Patrick's Cathedral on the weekend by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

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The Clooneys meet Francis

Pope Francis has awarded medals to George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Richard Gere in recognition of their contributions to a Vatican education project, reports AP in The Catholic Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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Streets of Carlton

Corpus Christi College seminary in Melbourne was joined in prayer on Sunday by more than 500 people and priests from across Victoria as it celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi with a customary Solemn Mass and Eucharistic Procession.

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Partisan passion

Chasing Asylum documents the lives of asylum-seekers sent by Australia into offshore detention centres, interspersing testimonies from staff with displaced people. What it lacks in polish or partiality, it makes up for with passion and anger.

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Teenage voices unfiltered

After becoming the first Pope to author a children's book earlier this year, Pope Francis will soon come out with another, based on his responses to questions posed by youth through a new online platform, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Farewell Mass

Bishop Vincent Long will be the principal celebrant at a Mass of Farewell and Thanksgiving at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne tomorrow at 7pm.

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Bishop Muricken

A bishop in India has taken the Pope's message of mercy to heart, or more precisely, to his kidney. Tomorrow he will donate one to a poor, lower-caste Hindu man, reports Crux.

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Boys respond to football

Colombian missionary Fr William Cañón noticed the boys in his new parish in Cameroon had a special love for soccer, and so he decided to take advantage of this opportunity to bring them closer to God.

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Archbishop Fisher celebrates Mass

The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, celebrated Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral yesterday after a fightback from illness. In an interview with The Australian, he described the Greens' policies as contravening “basic moral ­standards.”

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Facebook posts condemned

Statements made by one of the defendants, Francesca Chaouqui, during the Vatileaks II trial might be “subject to legal action,” according to Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, reports Crux.

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Two popes together

Pope Emeritus Benedict's longtime aide, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, has reignited the question of whether there are two popes or one, or whether the papacy itself has been redefined, writes David Gibson in the Religion News Service.

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Bold predictions

One of the Vatican’s most accomplished diplomats believes Pope Francis could become the first pontiff to visit Russia and China, reports Crux.

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Crossing boundaries

Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant has been won by a a 21-year-old Arab Israeli ballerina from a Catholic family in Nazareth, symbolising a moment of ethnic and religious acceptance, reports Reuters in the Religion News Service.

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Emotional meeting

Pope Francis has held an emotional meeting with hundreds of children, including a Nigerian boy whose parents drowned in a shipwreck, and told them migrants "are not dangerous, but in danger," reports AAP on SBS.

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Final prayers

An 11-year fight by a group of Boston parishioners to keep their church open came to an end yesterday after the US Supreme Court refused to hear their final appeal, leaving them no choice but to end their battle, reports AP in The Mail Online.

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Deacons in procession

Pope Francis has called on deacons to set aside their own self-serving plans and be generous with their lives, as he celebrated Mass yesterday for the Jubilee of Deacons in St Peter's Square, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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