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    Beginning fight against abuse charges, Pell says he'll plead 'not guilty'

    Australian Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Melbourne early on Wednesday, fighting to clear his name from what police have described as 'multiple' complaints of 'historical sexual offenses.' In the brief hearing, Pell's lawyer said he would "maintain his innocence" and the next hearing was set for Oct. 6.

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    Father Jacques Hamel's martyrdom and Church unity in France

    It is the one-year anniversary of the murder of Father Jacques Hamel outside of Rouen, France. The extraordinary response to Hamel’s martyrdom throughout France has been one of unity and an abiding belief that his sacrifice would yield a greater good for both the Church and the country.

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    Sister of martyred French priest says he's now a 'brother to all'

    One year ago today, 85-year-old French Father Jacques Hamel was brutally slain while saying Mass in his small parish in Normandy. Today, his sister says Hamel has become a "brother to all," and also stubbornly professes hope, both for Christian/Muslim coexistence in France and even for newly elected French President Emanuelle Macron, who will be at Hamel's anniversary Mass.

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  • Can anything burst Pope’s media bubble? Nah, probably not

    Can anything burst Pope’s media bubble? Nah, probably not

    • July 23, 2017

    Next March will mark the five-year anniversary of Francis’s papacy, and one interesting question is whether the broad media love affair with Francis will still be in place when that moment comes. John Allen says “probably yes,” because by now the positive narrative surrounding Francis has become so entrenched as to be basically impervious to reconsideration.

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