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One Year Ago, Cardinals walked into the Sistine Chapel to elect the new Pope

Last edited 12th March 2014

Exactly one year ago, on March 12, 2013 Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio walked into the Sistine Chapel, along with his fellow cardinals to elect a new Pope. What happened next surprised the Church and the world. The Vatican's Master of the Liturgical Celebrations, Guido Marini, said the traditional 'Extra Omnes' phrase to start off the conclave at 17: 32 Rome time.

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First Islamic museum opens doors in Australia

Last edited 4th March 2014

Australia's first Islamic museum has opened its doors to the public - showcasing the rich history, arts and culture of the religion.

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Anne Frank Exhibition opening in Sydney

Last edited 4th March 2014

“It is so easy to think of people who suffer, or have suffered, as other than ourselves. The very magnitude of the Holocaust means that single voices can be lost. Anne’s words make it personal. It is so very easy to lose track of major events in history. There are many to remember. It is much harder to forget the voice of Anne. Anne has been my companion, perhaps, for the forty six years since I read her book.”


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The Basillica of St. Francis, Assisi Italy

Last edited 17th February 2014

Did you know that the medieval city of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the homonymous Religious Order of the Franciscans, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year 2000?


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Watch as This Man Realizes He’s Sitting Beside the People He Rescued From Nazi Death Camps

Last edited 2nd February 2014

Before World War II, 669 children who were destined for Nazi death camps were rescued and transported to England by Sir Nicholas Winton. Years later, they came together for a touching surprise tribute to their hero..

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Vatican will Open Historic, Pompeii-Like Necropolis to Public

Last edited 2nd February 2014

Few people are aware that under the Vatican you can find the historic necropolis of Via Triumphalis. It's a Roman cemetery located near the Circus of Nero, where, according to tradition, St. Peter was martyred. Starting this month of January, the necropolis will open to the public. It's so well preserved that experts often refer to it as a "Roman Pompeii.”

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Fate of Germany's 'degenerate art' revealed

Last edited 31st January 2014

They are popular works by some world renowned artists but to the Nazis these works were known as 'degenerate art' -seized and banned because Adolf Hitler hated modern art. Now for the first time the Victoria and Albert museum has published the lists which record what happened to the works after they were seized..

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500 Years of female portraits in western art (Classic Dump)

Last edited 29th January 2014

Music: Bach's Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo MaNominated as Most Creative Video


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Holocaust Memorial Day: Let "Such Horrors Never Occur Again, for they are a Disgrace of Humanity"

Last edited 27th January 2014

Let "such horrors never occur again, for they are a disgrace of humanity," says Pope Francis in a hand-written letter to his friend, Buenos Aires Rabbi Abraham Skorka, on the occasion of Memorial Day, a day that commemorates the Holocaust.


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As a Teen, the Holy Father’s Father Gave Talks on the Papacy

Last edited 21st January 2014

Obviously oblivious to the fact that he would have a son who, one day, would become pope, a 17-year-old Mario Bergoglio actually became a sort of informal expert on the papacy, giving talks on the subject in his native Italy. He was even given a very good write-up in the local paper after his talk:


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