The Queen has met Pope Francis at the Vatican for the first time, in an informal meeting dressed in lavender. It was a far cry from the formality and flowing black attire of her first visit to the Vatican as Princess Elizabeth to meet Pope Pius XII, in 1951.
'Abide with me, fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide.' The beautiful hymn 'Abide with me' is among the calming sacred pieces of music examined in this meditation from Vatican Radio.
Peter Cosgrove is Australia's new Governor General. Already a Papal Knight, he is now the first man to be honoured under the reinstated Knighthoods of the Order of Australia. In this ABC interview, he recalls his Catholic upbringing.
Townsville Bishop Michael Putney was well-loved in North West Queensland. He has died, aged 67, after living with stomach cancer for the last 18 months.
Ayen, a 16-year-old Catholic schoolgirl from Newcastle, went to visit relatives in South Sudan for Christmas, but found herself in the midst of civil war. Aided by funds from Australian parishioners, she led her relatives on a life and death dash for safety.
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Never in history have so many people been enslaved. Catholics, Anglicans and Muslims recently came together at the Vatican to launch an anti-slavery group - the brainchild of the Australian Christian philanthropist Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest.
John 11:1-45 'I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?'
Bill Clinton calls the book 'compelling.' Tim Costello says it's a 'wake-up call' for justice and human rights. Have you ever thought of what could be worse than crushing poverty - and is part of everyday existence for billions of people?
This book is a celebration of the English-speaking world, its language and law by Conservative MEP Dan Hannan, and a reminder of the importance of freedom and the rule of law.
The underground Bishop of Shanghai, Joseph Fan Zhongliang, has died at age 97 following decades of imprisonment and house arrest. Communist officials refused him a funeral at the city's cathedral.
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John 9:1-41: 'I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see'
'May God have mercy on the assassins.' Even the final words he spoke as he lay dying, on the altar of a small chapel in San Salvador 34 years ago, were of forgiveness and peace. The election of Pope Francis may have revived his cause for sainthood.
As the Pope declares the need for more women in decision making areas, an annual pilgrimage in Rome is focussing on the nearly forgotten role of women in the early Church. A Vatican Radio special report on putting women back in the picture.
The Shroud of Turin has been scheduled for a showing and pilgrims from the Pope down will visit. It is perhaps the most intriguing venerated object in Christendom. Is it the burial cloth of Christ? The masterpiece of an unknown master? A fraud?
This audio meditation on the life of a Jesuit missionary who worked among the Native Americans is the third reflection from the UK Jesuits commemorating the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.
Barack Obama has met Pope Francis at the Vatican, Rome Reports has the story. Also inside, a history of US-Papal meetings and the BBC asks 'who's the people's favourite - Obama or Francis?'
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