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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.

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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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John XXIII: The Pope who Dodged Police to Walk Outside the Vatican

Last edited 6th April 2014

Guido Gusso was the butler for the Msgr. Angelo Roncalli, the first as Patriarch of Venice, then in Rome as Pope. In those years, they shared many stories and anecdotes. Guido Gusso said that when the Pope tired of walking around the Vatican Gardens, they would come up with ways to dodge Vatican police and leave the walled city.

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Vatican Museums launch exhibit on Indonesia

Last edited 17th March 2014

This is how Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello kicked off a unique exhibit titled Indonesia Land of Harmony. Hosted by the Vatican Museums, it includes 150 objects and artifacts that reflect the country's different ethnicities and religions. FR. NICOLA MAPELLIVatican's Ethnological Museum"The main purpose is to use art to show that a peaceful co-existence is possible between different communities, ethnicities and cultures. Indonesia is a perfect example of this.” Some of these items are gifts that Indonesian communities have given to Popesthroughout the years. Others are gifts that missionaries brought to Rome.

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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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