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Pope Francis

Pope goes to hospital for ‘diagnostic tests’

After telling people at his general audience, “I’m still a bit sick”, and having aides read most of his prepared remarks, Pope Francis yesterday paid a brief visit to Rome’s Gemelli Isola Hospital for “diagnostic tests”, the Vatican press office confirmed. Source: NCR Online.

Euthanasia

Parties commit to conscience vote on NT euthanasia bill

If a bill to legalise euthanasia was presented to the Northern Territory Parliament today, only 40 per cent of NT politicians would actively support it. Source: NT News.

History

Leap of faith: Easter’s role in the development of leap year

The leap year is a well-known quirk in the Gregorian calendar by which much of the world organises itself, but the part played by the Church’s Easter celebrations in the development of the leap year is less known. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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