Pope Francis (in white) at the opening session of a major congress on the Catholic Church’s future on 4 October 2023.
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Divisions and tensions in the global church are affecting the church in Africa.
The Blue Quills Indian Residential School in St. Paul, Alta., Aug. 15, 1931. When the federal government announced plans to shutter the school in 1970, the community fought back, and Blue Quills became the first residence and school controlled by First Nations people in Canada.
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To honour Truth and Reconciliation Day, we spoke with Terri Cardinal, who headed up one of the many community searches for the children who went missing while attending an Indian Residential School.
Mary of Egypt, The Pantanassa Monastery, Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece.
I was drawn to Mary as a saint, an ascetic, a highly sexual individual navigating her own redemption. Is there something edifying about her story – or does it go into the feminist shame file?
Ruth Wilson as Lorna Brady.
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Set in the fictional town of Kilkinure in western Ireland, the BBC drama captures the story of an unmarried mother who was formerly detained in a Magdalene Laundry.
Martin Flanagan’s school memoir describes bullying, male violence and abusive priests. But rather than a story of victimhood, it explores the grace and release of sport, finding hope amid darkness.
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Spirited, defiant and always at the mercy of her mental health issues, the Irish singer will be forever remembered for her pure, clear voice and willingness to speak out on injustice.
People pray over the body of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster at the abbey of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, near Gower, Mo., in April 2023.
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People are congregating in Missouri after news spread that the exhumed body of a nun had not decayed four years after her death. There is a long history to these claims.
The shrine at Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary is venerated as ‘Our Lady of Lourdes,’ following several apparitions reported in 1858.
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The Vatican plans to set up an ‘observatory’ to investigate apparitions of the Virgin Mary. A scholar of global Christianity explains why this is a major shift in how apparitions are authenticated.
A handwritten note painted on the site of a mass grave of up to 800 children on the site of the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, Ireland, June 2014.
The voices of survivors are a valuable counterbalance to those who seek simplistic solutions to complex problems in child protection.
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I met Father Bob Maguire as a young filmmaker in 1990. The words he spoke to me then still reverberate today.
The alleged sexual abuse that led to this settlement occurred from 1944 through 2016.
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This is a green light for creating the largest-ever compensation fund for sex abuse claims.
Damien Linnane Bob (Dominoes) 2022. Graphite on paper 42 x 29cm.
Loud Sky, at Newcastle’s The Lock-Up, brings together new commissions and community artworks to explore institutional abuse by the Catholic Church.
Last week, Pope Francis repudiated a 500-year-old-decree justifying colonialism. This image is from last summer: at Lac Ste. Anne, Alta., in Canada.
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The Vatican has repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery, a 500-year-old decree used to justify settler colonialism. Scholar Veldon Coburn explains this symbolic victory and what still needs to happen.
Supernatural horror film The Pope’s Exorcist fictionalises Amorth’s exorcism ministry, adding in a centuries-old Vatican cover up for good measure.
Villa Aurora in Rome, which houses works by Caravaggio and Guercino, is up for sale.
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What will happen to this villa and its unique collection of 16th- and 17th-century ceiling paintings?
Pope Francis at Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in February 2023.
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Pope Francis’ papacy is anchored on what he calls a “revolution of tenderness”.
The latest Australian census shows a decrease in affiliation with Pentecostal churches, despite the ‘boom’ narrative. Women seem to be leaving: gender inequality and abuses of power are having an impact.
Pope Francis on a visit to Madagascar in 2019.
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He will have a joyful welcome but a difficult task - to challenge negative values while enabling a more African Catholic church.
People pray in front of the tomb of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI inside the grottos of St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, on Jan. 8, 2023.
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A specialist in Catholic liturgy and rituals explains that while several popes have been canonized, it is a long process that may take several years to examine and uncover any hidden flaws.
Pope Francis in Nairobi, Kenya, during his first papal visit to the African continent in 2015.
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African Catholics are growing in number. They are also reinventing and reinterpreting Christianity.