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Perth, Australia Will Be Home to Legendary Prayerbook
Last edited 9th September 2014

The fate of the legendary Rothschild Prayerbook - sold at Christie's in New York eight months ago for $15.5 million - has baffled art collectors. The 500-year-old book of prayers is the most expensive illuminated manuscript in history and considered one of the most important books in existence.

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The 'Unknown Pope': How Benedict XV is Relevant Today
Last edited 4th September 2014

Despite a biography title labeling him the “Unknown Pope,” Benedict XV had a tremendous impact on life of the Church, and his legacy of diplomacy and efforts for peace live on today.

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Pope to Mark WWI, with Visit to Cemetery for Fallen Soldiers
Last edited 28th August 2014

It was 100 years ago that World War I began. Millions died, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in modern history. To mark the occasion, Pope Francis announced he will visit Italy's Austro-Hungarian War Cemetery on Saturday, September 13th. It's there, that a total of 697 soldiers were laid to rest. There's also a monument to honor the fallen.


The 100th Anniversary of the First World War
Last edited 29th July 2014

Monday 28 July 2014 marks exactly one hundred years since the outbreak of the first world war - the global conflict that rocked Europe and the globe. During his Angelus address on Sunday 27 July, Pope Francis reflected on this anniversary, and once again urged us all to join in prayer for peace - particularly in the three crisis areas of the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine.

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D-Day landings: Australian veterans awarded France's Legion of Honour
Last edited 6th June 2014

Six Australian D-Day veterans have been given France's highest honour, 70 years after the historic World War II battle.

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Rwandan Genocide Impacts a Second Generation
Last edited 4th June 2014

A Catholic relief worker says a new generation is suffering from the effects of the Rwandan genocide, which occurred from April to July two decades ago. Watch this video by Catholic News Service for more.


The Revolution of John XXIII: The Second Vatican Council
Last edited 13th May 2014

In 1958, when the Cardinals elected a 76 year old Pope, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, many expected an uneventful pontificate without surprises. But Pope John XXIII, now a canonized saint, surprised everyone. Watch this video for more.


Letters to Priest Reveal Jackie Kennedy's Struggle with Faith
Last edited 14th May 2014

Newly released letters between former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a Dublin-based priest reveal Kennedy's struggles to keep her faith after her husband's assassination.

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Jesuits Celebrate 200 Years Since its Order was Restored
Last edited 11th May 2014

When Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus in 1773, the Jesuits technically ceased to exist for 41 years. In 1814, the Society was reborn thanks to Pope Pius VII. This chapter is key in the history of the Jesuits. Pope Francis brought it up just days after his election, when he explained why he chose the name Francis.


Twenty Years after Genocide, Church Helps Rwanda Heal
Last edited 7th April 2014

Boniface Hakizimana lives in a rural area of Southern Rwanda. He lives peacefully with the widow next door, Viviane N'Habimana. They help each other and support each other when difficulties arise. At first glance, this arrangement might not appear extraordinary. However, this harmonious relationship is anything but typical, because Hakizimana is responsible for the murder of N’Habimana’s husband 20 years ago.

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