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A detail from Horace Vernet’s Jeremiah on the Ruins of Jerusalem (1844)

First Sunday of Advent: Jer 33:14-16; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28 (Year C )

Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass today in the chapel of his residence

A detail from Fra Angelico’s Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs (c 1423-24)

The Solemnity of All Saints – Rev 7:2-4 & 9-11; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12 (Year B)

Jeremiah, depicted here by Rembrandt, had great faith in God’s salvation

The 30th Sunday of the Year Jer 31:7-9; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52 (Year B)

A detail from Christ and the Children by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)

The 25th Sunday of the Year wis 2:12, 17-20; ps 54; jas 3:16-4:3; mk 9:30-37 (year b)

Raphael's The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

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Moses insisted both on fidelity to the law and a willingness to enter into its spirit

Twenty-second Sunday of the Year, Deuteronomy 4:1-2 & 6-8; James 1:17-18 & 21-22; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15 & 21-23

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

For the first time in 60 years, the public recited the Assumption day Angelus prayer with a Pope at the Vatican

The Vatican said that women were exploited in both the developed and developing world (CNS)

The instrumentum laboris criticises the surrogate culture of ‘wombs for rent’

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is depicted in a modern painting by Stephen B Whatley, an expressionist artist based in London (CNS)

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