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A Filipino Catholic priest led a protest run on Monday to urge Canada to take back 50 shipping containers loaded with toxic waste that are sitting at the Port of Manila, reports Ucanews.
A recent biography of Francis claims that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former leader of the Church in England and Wales, helped orchestrate a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign which led to the election of the Argentine Pontiff.
Australians witnessed the election of Francis with great interest. We return to reactions from political leaders and journalists, and Church figures such as Archbishop Denis Hart, Sr Annette Cunliffe and Fr Frank Brennan.
The news of a non-European Pontiff caused ripples of excitement across the globe. Here is a collection of reactions, and notes on a few encounters with world leaders.
Easter 2013 came on the heels of the most extraordinary transition ever witnessed by the modern Church. CNS looks at the dramatic change which began with Pope Benedict's stunning resignation announcement.
The quiet revolution of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation in February 2013 set the stage for the new Franciscan era. An expectant world looked to St Peter's Square, waiting and watching for the exultant announcement: "Habemus Papam!"
Catholics played a prominent role in Selma, much more than in previous civil rights demonstrations. Never before had Catholic activists turned out in such large numbers, reports NCR Online.
More than 50 families of Assyrian Christians abducted from villages in north-eastern Syria by ISIS last month have been released, according to reports, says The Catholic Herald.
Prominent Filipino Cardinal Luis Tagle has spoken of his regret at the Church’s “harsh” treatment of gay people while in the UK for one of the largest gatherings of young Catholics in the country’s history, reports The Tablet.
The 2013 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world. The German Pontiff became the first Pope to retire in almost 600 years. But why did the Pope Emeritus decide to resign, asked Mark Dowd of the BBC.
As a founding member of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Catholic Earthcare has taken the lead for Australia to participate in a 40-day Lenten Fast for Climate Justice.
A Catholic doctor friend was asked to give a talk “Is it possible to be a Catholic doctor in the (British) NHS?” The answer was “with difficulty.” That applies not only to doctors but to other health care professionals, writes John Duddington in The Catholic Herald.
We know what we can see of the Vatican - the solid majesty of Bernini's colonnaded square, St Peter's, and the basilica and the city which sit behind it.
The number of women working for Vatican City has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries, reports the Catholic News Service.
The Vatican has confirmed a report it has received a ransom note for two letters written by Renaissance master Michelangelo which were stolen from the archives almost 20 years ago, reports Crux.
While the world came to grips with Francis, John Paul II biographer George Weigel predicted the Church was set to witness a Papacy of evangelical humility, summed up in the motto chosen by Francis.
To coincide with the Cricket World Cup, the Bible Society has organised a rival event this Sunday at the University of Sydney. Cricket for Bibles is an inter-faith tournament between teams made up of prominent clergy, cricketers and celebrities.
"Brothers and sisters, good evening!" were the first words offered in Italian by the Pope from Argentina after he stepped on to the balcony and into history. Relive the moment in this video from CNS.
"Some people wanted to know why the Bishop of Rome wished to be called Francis. Some thought of Francis Xavier, Francis De Sales, and also Francis of Assisi. I will tell you the story," Francis told the media after his election.