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Pope's Lenten message

Pope Francis has chosen an ecological theme for his annual Lenten message. Titled 'For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God' the message is dated October 4, 2018, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, but was only made public by the Vatican earlier this month.

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Universal Church up close

All roads lead to Rome, they say. And from all the corners of the earth we came – Australia (just me), Macau, the Philippines, Latin America, United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Western Europe and Rome itself – to learn about ‘covering Catholicism in the age of Francis’.


We are all in the 'field hospital'

At the conclusion of the first Gulf War, the United States held a parade in Washington DC to proclaim its victory. This included a huge military display of tanks, armoured cars and aeroplanes in the city centre so visitors could see the weapons they had used to win the war.