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Jesuit Father Michael Czerny (CNS)

Jesuit Father Michael Czerny denies claim made by Bishop Luigi Martella

The Time magazine Person of the Year cover

‘Septuagenarian superstar’ Francis picked from shortlist that included Edward Snowden and Miley Cyrus

Bishop Stephen Robson

Bishop Stephen Robson to lead Dunkeld diocese

Two brothers eat a meal provided by a charity in a slum in Manila (CNS)

Caritas Internationalis campaign begins with worldwide ‘wave of prayer’

Benedict XVI said Lubich was a "woman of fearless faith."

Movement asks for Cause to be opened five years after Chiara Lubich’s death

Ana Mendieta at Hayward Gallery.  Photo by Linda Nylind.

In its last week at the Hayward Gallery, the show explores the life and art of this brilliant, magnetic artist

Pope Francis has called for reflection on the sensus fidelium (AP)

Pope asks members of International Theological Commission to reflect on ‘sense of the faithful’

The Second Sunday of Advent: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72; Rm 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 (Year A)

Daily readings: December 8-14

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Nelson Mandela greets John Paul II  in Johannesburg in 1995 (AP)

Catholics supported former South African president’s struggle against apartheid