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The Joy of the Gospel

In November, 2013, Francis issued his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel. It outlined his vision for a Church whose “doors should always be open,” and challenged economic injustice, reported Vatican Radio.

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People person

Francis burst on to the stage in March, 2013. With an easy charm, and an agenda focussed on the poor, he captured hearts around the world, even winning over a sceptical media. At year's end, TIME named him Person of the Year. 

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The Pope's embrace

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Love

When Francis reached out into the St Peter's Square crowd to embrace Vinicio Riva, who has neurofibromatosis, an iconic image of the message of the Francis Papacy was born. CNN interviewed Riva in November, 2013.

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Genuine concern for poor

In July, 2013, Pope Francis made his first Papal trip out of Rome, choosing Lampedusa, the Italian island where surviving African asylum-seekers make landfall in Europe. "Who has cried for the people" drowned at sea, the Pope asked.

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Millions gathered

Three million people attended the Pope's final Mass for World Youth Day 2013, on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, concluding his triumphant first overseas trip. Francis called on young people to revitalise the Church.

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Press conference

Pope Francis surprised many and set the tone for his Papacy with the first of his press conferences on a plane, conducted on his return from World Youth Day in Brazil. 

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Israeli security wall in Bethlehem

In May, 2014, Francis went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He prayed at the Israeli security wall at Bethlehem and invited the Presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican for a prayer encounter to promote peace. DW has the story.

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The Pope with a young offender

On Maundy Thursday, 2013, Pope Francis continued the Papal tradition of humbling himself by washing the feet of others, as Christ had done for his disciples. But, wrote the The Telegraph, "never before had a pontiff washed the feet of a woman."

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Pope and Patriarch

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leaders of the millennium-long separated Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, have issued resounding and historic calls for the reunification of their global communities.

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Jesuit Pontiff

"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and contraception," Francis declared in  August, 2013: "Pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrine." 

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Asks who can judge

School reborn as aged-care facility, Queensland laundry helps cyclone victims, Francis to visit Pompeii, and reflects on judging others.

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Jesus in the Temple

John 2:13-25When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 

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Fr Dante Orsi

Australia's first Scalabrinian Missionary, Fr Dante Orsi, consecrated his life to serving God and his people until his death in January, reports Emily Ng for The Catholic Leader.

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Sr Barbara

Sr Barbara Moore experienced Selma first-hand a half century ago, so when she sat down to watch the film, she wanted to do it alone, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Christ by Rembrandt

James Carroll confronts millennia of undisguised anti-Semitism, scriptural fabrications,  and tactical misreadings of history which have prevented an informed understanding of Jesus of Nazareth, posits The Washington Post.

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Angelus Sunday

Refreshed by his week on retreat just outside Rome, the Pope came back to the Vatican and had a very busy schedule to fulfil, as the video coverage of his activities indicates.

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Much anticipated

The Pope's upcoming encyclical on the environment is anticipated with excitement by climate change campaigners and dread by some conservatives. But beyond the immediate political impact, a more enduring implication could lie in the theological shift it might represent, writes Clive Hamilton in ABC Online.

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Hiding behind fear

It is easy to mistake piety for the genuine response that God wants of us, that is, to enter into a relationship of intimacy with Him and then try to help others have that same experience, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Digital conversion

Digita Vaticana Onlus is a non-profit organisation founded in 2013 to promote the conversion of the Vatican Library manuscripts into digital format.

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Inauguration last week

Nobody but God could have mustered the miraculous support Gold Coast priest Fr Tim Harris received when he promised a new church for Broadbeach Catholics on the Gold Coast, reports The Catholic Leader.

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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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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