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MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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It's all about Nicola and Nigel in 2015

Politicians will not address the real issues, nor even meet the electorate – no wonder people look to alternatives

St Francis with the Animals by Lambert de Hondt the Elder and Willem van Herp the Elder

St Francis didn’t think animals were ‘almost’ like us – he loved them because they had come from the hand of God

19 priests lie on the ground during an ordination ceremony in Rome on Sunday  (Giorgio Onorati/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francise warned priests not to be like ‘peacocks’, but there’s nothing wrong with them taking pride in their appearance

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, left, and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at a ceremony earlier this week (AP)

And, as friends, we ask them to recognise the Armenian Genocide

A Nigerian woman wearing a rosary attends a prayer meeting for schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

A Nigerian bishop says Jesus appeared to him in a vision and said the rosary will vanquish Boko Haram

Cardinal George (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal George, who died last week, offered a deeper perspective on history to those dismayed by the signs of the times

Thomas Cromwell depicted in Wolf Hall: his monastery closures cut off charitable lifelines

If the English Reformation had never happened our cathedrals would blaze with colour, our monasteries would house the homeless and our nation would be less gloomy

Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday with his brother Mgr Georg Ratzinger, right, and fellow Bavarians (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Leading the doubters back home

Benedict XVI helped rescue the scriptures from becoming lifeless history

A child is carried by a rescue worker as migrants arrive on a boat at the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo (CNS)

Now we owe even more to the Italians

Esteem for Italy’s heroic and altruistic rescue of hundreds of thousands of migrants has surely grown all over Europe