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Millions flock to pope in Brazil

Feature Pope Francis drew some three million flag-waving faithful to Rio’s Copacabana beach on Saturday 27 July for the final evening of World Youth Day, hours after he chastised the Brazilian church for failing to stem the ‘exodus’ of Catholics to evangelical congregations, reports AP in The Sydney Morning Herald. The Pontiff also urged Brazilians

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Editorial: A pope for the people

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Column Cecily McNeill 5 April, 2013 Almost from his first words as Pope, Francis made it clear that he stood alongside the poor and marginalised. In his first homily on the feast day of St Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis spoke of his new ministry as one of service. ‘He must be inspired by the

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Archbishop’s column: the door is open

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Columns Archbishop John Dew 5 April 2013 On Sunday 17 March, just four days after he was elected, Pope Francis gave his first Angelus message. 150,000 people gathered on this St Patrick’s Day in St Peter’s Square to hear him. It was also the Fifth Sunday of Lent and he therefore spoke on God’s mercy.

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