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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 elevates the chalice on the Feast of Corpus Christi (CNS)

Modern Catholics are too prone to thinking that Our Lord’s Passion and the Divine Gift of His Precious Blood is something locked in the past

The Last Supper by the Spanish Renaissance painter Vicente Juan Masip

The Solemnity of the Most
Holy Body and Blood of Christ –
Ex 24:3-8; Heb 9:11-15; Mk 14:12-16 & 22-26 (Year B)

A parishioner receives an ash cross on her forehead from during an Ash Wednesday service in Texas (CNS)

Lent is more than a spiritual boot camp

The modern tendency is to over-spiritualise Jesus’s time in the desert by making it all mythological

The Cleansing of the Temple, depicted by an unknown artist

Third Sunday of Lent, ex 20:1-17; 1 cor 1:22-25; jn 2:13-25 (year b)

Ridley Scott poses during a photocall for his film "Exodus" (PA)

Hollywood is full of bright people with a nose for the next classic, but they do not always find it

Dr Irving Finkel

How the ark changed shape

British Museum curator Irving Finkel tells Will Gore how the chance discovery of a Babylonian tablet helped him trace the roots of Noah’s Ark

Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (AP)

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Cardinal O'Malley spoke at the Knights of St Columbus supreme convention (AP)

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New films about Noah, Moses and Judah Maccabee are in the works