Outpouring of grief

“They were shouting 'you Christians are wiping us out.' They were taping themselves on video. They made a kind of sermon around the altar in Arabic. It was horrifying,” says Sister Danielle, who was held hostage at a church in France.

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Thanks Poles for maintaining faith

Pope Francis has prayed before Poland’s holiest icon — the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora — and said outdoor Mass for a congregation numbering in the tens of thousands, thanking Poles for holding on to their faith in difficult times.

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Rejects allegations again

Cardinal George Pell says he's entitled as an Australian to get "a fair go" over historical sex abuse allegations and has called for an investigation into the ABC and Victorian police for conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

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No sign of injury

Pope Francis fell yesterday after apparently stumbling down a step on an altar during a Mass for World Youth Day but quickly got back to his feet, seemingly without injury, reports AFP on Seven News.

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Speaking out

While most US bishops have not publicly addressed comments from Donald Trump regarding immigration, prominent Cardinal Seán O'Malley OFM Cap said he is worried about such rhetoric, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Unusual spiritual appeal

Tim Kaine may not be the running mate choice for Hillary Clinton that Democrats on the far left wanted. But his Jesuit spirituality may make him an ideal candidate for one crucial progressive Democratic constituency: The ‘nones.’

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Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki

A senior bishop has said that the Church in Poland will refuse communion to divorced and remarried Catholics, despite the landmark family document from Pope Francis which opened up the possibility, reports The Tablet.

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Uplifting narrative

I have been reading a book about radical love, a photographic narrative of the first seven years of a young American woman who chose to become a nun within an enclosed community in New Jersey, writes Francis Phillips for The Catholic Herald. 

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Notre Dame University

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Over and out

The minimalist, ironic Papal media spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, leaves the office this month after serving two Popes and the Church in this role for 10 years. His most difficult time in the role? "The paedophilia scandal."

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Carmelite Sister Celia Ashton

It was on her 30th birthday when Celia Ashton first stepped inside the monastery of the Carmelite Sisters of Baltimore. “There was something special here,” she remembered.

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Rare stone colours

Restoration of the shrine in Avila in Castilian Spain has rejuvenated a vibrant multi-coloured sculpture of the saints, writes Christopher Hawe.

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Elusive character

The biblical figure of Mary Magdalene has been “interpreted and misinterpreted, just as Jesus has been interpreted and misinterpreted,” according to Michael Haag, historian and author of a book on her.

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Archbishop Julian Porteous

In my own spiritual reflections in this Year of Mercy, I have returned again and again to a particular passage in the Gospel of St Luke, the account of the Lord's return to his home town in Nazareth, writes Archbishop Julian Porteous.

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Fr Jacques Hamel

Like many people who enjoy their work, Fr Jacques Hamel did not want to stop. At 85, he was well past retirement age, but he kept in shape and kept on going — baptising infants, celebrating Mass, and tending to parishioners.

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Polish reservations about Francis

The Polish bishops will have given Pope Francis a suitably polite welcome in Kraków. But behind the scenes, they are determined to ignore most of what he says and sit out his papacy in the hope of getting a more conservative successor.

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Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz

Under St Pope John Paul II, no-one had a more vital role than Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who this week is hosting an estimated 1.5 to 1.8 million young people in the city of Kraków for World Youth Day, reports John Allen in Crux.

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Marcin Bosacki

In 2013 Marcin Bosacki officially began his post as Poland's ambassador to Canada, capping a distinguished career that includes working as a foreign correspondent, and involvement in Solidarity during the 1980s.

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Made of salt

Located just southeast of Kraków, the Wieliczka salt mine is famous for many things – most notably its underground chapels, made entirely out of rock salt, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Blend of two traditions

The Vatican museums recently held an exhibition of 33 icon paintings from Belarus from the 17th-21st centuries, which offer a merging of the Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions.

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