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Christians are called to fight every form of slavery: Pope

Inspired by the dignity of each human being as revealed by Jesus, Christians are called to fight “every form of slavery”, whether physical, social or spiritual, Pope Francis said. Source: OSV News.


Polish family executed by Nazis for sheltering Jews beatified

In one of the most significant moments in Polish post-war history, nine members of the Ulma family – a married couple and their small children who were executed by the Nazis during World War II for sheltering Jews – were beatified yesterday. Source: OSV News.


Vatican says Ulma child was born during mother’s execution

With a beatification Mass for the Ulma family set for Sunday, the Vatican emphasised that all nine members of the Polish family are considered martyrs, including the child who was born during the massacre. Source: OSV News.


Pope preparing apostolic letter on ‘the Little Flower’

Pope Francis is preparing an apostolic letter on St Thérèse of Lisieux to be published on October 15. Source: CNA.

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Native American saint a model for responding to God’s call: Pope

Like St Kateri Tekakwitha, the first native North American woman to be canonised, all Christians must embrace their unique call to service of God and neighbour as well as the personal crosses that come with it, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.


Cardinal contrasts humility of Pope John Paul I with toxic social media

If Blessed Pope John Paul I were alive today, he would stand as a counter-example to a social media-driven culture of “followers” and “likes”, according to the Church official in charge of his sainthood cause. Source: Crux.

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Vatican to collect stories of Christian martyrs killed since 2000

Pope Francis has created a new commission to research and catalogue the stories of Christian martyrs from the third millennium, the Vatican announced yesterday. Source: CNA.


St John Bosco relic statue tours Australia for Salesians’ centenary

The relic statue of St John Bosco, better known as Don Bosco, is touring Australia as part of the celebrations of the centenary of the arrival of the Salesians on Australian soil. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Pope calls St Mary MacKillop ‘an extraordinary religious sister’

Pope Francis yesterday dedicated his general audience talk to Australian St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, focusing on her dedication to the poor, to formation and education. Source: CNS.