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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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Pope Francis urged Franciscan friars to hold true to their charism of fraternity, humility and poverty (CNS)

Pope Francis held an audience with Fransican leaders yesterday

Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche (PA)

The L’Arche founder is a deserving winner of the Templeton Prize

Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, coordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, shakes hands with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi at Tuesday's press conference (CNS)

US women religious welcome Vatican report

Apostolic visitation report marks a new beginning for women religious, sisters say

The Gospel of the Other Mary at ENO (Pic: ENO)

Peter Sellars’ opera reads the Passion story in contemporary terms