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Not sure how I missed this. A year ago at a national conference of the Italian church, Pope Francis made some startling pronouncements about his understanding of the nature of Christian doctrine and his vision for the church of which he is the temporal head.

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Francis opens the doorI love this image.

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Starting on Tuesday 8 December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis has called for a “Holy Year Of Mercy.”

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In a press conference on 30 November during his flight home from Africa, Pope Francis responded to a question from a French journalist about fundamentalism.

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There is something strangely moving about the fact this morning during Mass for the Closing of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, Pope Francis reflected in his homily on the same Gospel assigned for us to read and reflect upon in our worship today.

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On Tuesday Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby preached at the service for the reopening of Virginia Theological Seminary’s Immanuel chapel which was destroyed by fire in 2010.

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It seems Pope Francis and I agree.

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Anyone who is paying the slightest attention to events unfolding in the Roman Catholic Church, cannot fail to be aware that we are witnessing the birth of a potential revolution in the church.

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Pictures suggest a lot about the people in them.

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It is hard not to wonder if the list of 15 “spiritual diseases” Pope Francis identified in his Church in his Christmas address to the Curia at the Vatican may not go down in history as the papal version of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses.” Certainly, both lists of grievances, represent a kind of “throwing down the gauntlet” to the church.

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