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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 )

Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Christians not to remain "prisoners of the past" (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached during the inauguarion of the Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope says faithful should ask for the ‘grace of tears’ too

Anthony van Dyck's Entry of Christ into Jerusalem

Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King: Daniel 7: 13-14; Revelation 1: 5-8;  John 18: 33-37

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis addressed the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

The Last Judgment (Michelangelo)

Let us live today, whatever problems it might bring, so as to be ready to greet him when he comes

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

Pope Francis holds up the host as he celebrates a Mass for cardinals and bishops who died in the past year, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Pope preached at a Mass today commemorating cardinals and bishops who died last year

Caravaggio's first version of the Supper at Emmaus

A poll suggests 40 per cent of British people believe Jesus was not a real historical figure, a statistic that highlights the Church’s failing to communicate with the public

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)