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800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta
Last edited 18th June 2015

On the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Church's central role in creating the historic charter that remains the basis of English, American and Australian constitutional and common law is being recognised.

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Priests in History Who were Killed while Celebrating Mass
Last edited 25th May 2015

Pope Saint Sixtus II died in the third century and Saint Stanislaus of Poland in the eleventh. Although they lived hundreds of years apart in completely different contexts, these two have something in common: They were both murdered while celebrating mass.

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ANZAC Day: The Story of Lance Corporal Mick Stafford
Last edited 22nd April 2015

When Redemptorist Brother Dan Stafford OAM attends this week's ANZAC Eve Centenary Vigil Mass of Remembrance at St Mary's Cathedral he will be wearing the Military Medal awarded to his father, Michael "Mick" Stafford for "bravery in the field" during World War I: "Dad was just 18 when he joined the first Australian Imperial Force in October 1914 shortly after war was declared and he saw action in Gallipoli, Belgium and France," says Brother Dan.

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Who Are the Two Polish Priests Martyred in Peru?
Last edited 5th February 2015

Two Polish priest killed by a Communist group in Peru were among those recognized as martyrs by Pope Francis on Feb. 3. Father Michele Tomaszek and Father Zbigneo Strzalkowski of the Conventual Friars Minor, were killed Aug. 9, 1991, by the “Shining Path” terrorist group in Peru. At the time of their death, they were 31 and 33 years old, respectively.

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Human Rights After the Holocaust
Last edited 2nd February 2015

Even though it ended seventy years ago, the Holocaust still gives a stark and relevant warning on dehumanization and persecution today, say leaders on human rights and Holocaust history.

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A Short History of the Vatican Christmas Trees
Last edited 21st December 2014

Every December, a giant Christmas tree decorates St. Peter's Square. For years, only Italian regions gave it to the Vatican as a gift. But in 2008 this spruce came all the way from Piesting Valley, in Austria. It was 109 feet tall and had 120 years. After Austria, it was the turn of Belgium. In 2009, this fir of 89 feet and 6 tons came from the town of Spa. Italy also gave a spruce in 2010. More than 3,000 golden spheres were needed to decorate it.

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Australia Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Pioneering Priest Fr John Therry
Last edited 19th November 2014

Irish Catholic priest Fr John Therry not only laid the foundations of the Catholic Church in Australia, he also built St Mary's Chapel which would later be reconsecrated as St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. He founded schools, lobbied for land on which to build churches, provided aid for the poor and oppressed and gave pastoral care and support to Sydney's growing number of Catholics. He also witnessed the repeal of penal laws preventing Catholics from holding office and welcomed the arrival of Australia's first bishop, the Most Rev John Bede Polding in 1834.

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Pope Francis remembers the 30th Anniversary of Peace Treaty between Chile and Argentina
Last edited 12th November 2014

During the General Audience, Pope Francis remembered the 30th anniversary of the peace treaty that was signed by Chile and Argentina on November 29, 1984 at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis Recalls Fall of Berlin Wall
Last edited 10th November 2014

Pope Francis recalls the fall of the Berlin wall during his Angelus address in St. Peter's Square Nov. 9.

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Pope John Paul II, A Lead Role in Bringing Down the Berlin Wall
Last edited 9th November 2014

Saint Pope John Paul II had a "leading role" in bringing down the Berlin Wall, said Pope Francis after praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on the day the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of its fall, to a lengthy applause form pilgrims at the mention of the Polis Popes name.

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