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Seventies horror film The Exorcist became famous for its shocking depiction of a young girl’s possession by a demon.

An 85-year-old nun has revealed how she once persuaded the American billionaire, Sir John Paul Getty, to fund the rescue of a group of refugee children from the war-torn city of Sarajevo in the 1990s.

Long-time readers of The Tablet will know him for his fond, if sometimes gently mocking, caricatures of Catholic life. Now cartoonist Jonathan Pugh has tackled the nation’s annual attempt at self-improvement in a collection of 52 witty drawings.

Having the ear of Pope Francis can pay dividends. It certainly did for Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor when, on a recent trip to Rome, he wrote to the Pope to ask him whether he could attend Francis’ private Mass at the Casa Santa Marta along with his extended family of 28 – his brothers’ children and grandchildren.

Catholic charities are to benefit from millions of pounds restored to the family of a Jewish art collector whose paintings were stolen by the Nazis.

Nativity plays – with their dancing snowmen and hilarious mishaps – remain a much-loved part of Advent in many schools. But some teachers are now finding new ways to encourage children to think about a deeper meaning of the season.

From John Lewis’s annual tearjerker to the Coca Cola convoy, Christmas advertising is huge business.

JESUITS: 36TH GENERAL CONGREGATION
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