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Pope Francis prays on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/12/16

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Mother Teresa prays at the Missionaries of Charity in East Beirut (Photo: AP)

Advent is a chance to deepen our experience of the liturgy – beginning with silence

Pope Francis looks at a painting given to him by director Martin Scorsese (AP)


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The Oscar-winning director was in Rome for a screening of his new film, Silence, at a pontifical university

Actor Andrew Garfield, director Martin Scorsese, and producer Emma Koskoff pose during a press conference for Silence (AP)

Trailer for Scorsese’s Jesuit epic released

The film about two Jesuit priests in Japan is already expected to receive Oscar nominations

Today's newspaper front pages in Britain (AP)

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Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

The cardinal condemned the ‘ideological clash of factions’ over ad orientem worship

Martin Scorsese (AP)

Silence, starring Liam Neeson, is based on Shusaku Endo’s novel about Portuguese missionaries travelling to 17th-century Japan

Composer John Cage in the anechoic chamber at Harvard University

What John Cage can teach us about the Mass

The avant-garde composer’s infamous piece reminds us that we need silence

The Pope said reading the signs of the times isn't a skill exclusive to "a cultural elite" (CNS)

God’s gift of freedom means people must not be afraid to use it, the Pope said

Michael Caine as Scrooge in The Muppet's Christmas Carol

The antidote to social media malaise this Advent is to spend some time in silence