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Gazumped by a cardinal Premium

18 May 2017
Gazumped by a cardinal There was a time when the Catholic Church was a buyer rather than a seller of properties in central London.

It is 60 years since Christian Aid Week was set up, initially to raise money for people displaced by the Second World War. To mark the anniversary, the charity has released an animated film based on the real-life story of Theodor Davidovic, a Serbian refugee from those dark times.

Pope Francis was delighted by the in-flight entertainment provided on his way to Cairo last Friday. He was presented with last week’s edition of The Tablet by our enterprising Rome correspondent, Christopher Lamb, who was travelling with the Pope on the Alitalia aircraft, nicknamed “Shepherd One”.

All sorts of events have been organised to mark the centenary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fátima in Portugal, but few can have been more unexpected than an inter-religious cricket tournament that included the Vatican’s own club, Saint Peter’s.

Could a reconciliation with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI be on the cards for Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff during his upcoming visit to Rome?

He’s provided showers, a barber, medical care, an exclusive tour around the Sistine Chapel and front-row seats at a music concert.

The Tyburn Nuns have bought the house in France where their foundress, Mother Marie-Adèle Garnier, was born in 1838.

Argentinian football team San Lorenzo received an unexpected boost to their Primera Division title fight this week with the surprise announcement that Pope Francis will take over as chairman next season.

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