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Man of influence

Fr Theodore Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame in the US for 35 years, died on the university campus, aged 97.

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Byzantine monks

A monk’s life isn’t for everybody, but the beauty and spirituality of one monastery is depicted in the new documentary Gladsome Light, reports the Mining Journal in Crux.

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Kim Wilcke

Kim Wilcke, Regional Manager at Australian Catholic Super and Retirement Fund in Canberra, talks about her role in the finance sector, in the newsletter of the National Office for the Participation of Women.

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Corpus Christi trainees

Despite the sex abuse scandals, the Church has seen a renewed interest in training for the priesthood. "The more bad publicity we've had, the more students we get," says the head of a leading Melbourne seminary.

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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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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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