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Launch of "Jesus and the Dreaming" Celebrates Late Priest's Commitment to Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue

Father Frank Fletcher MSC was a well-known theological scholar and one of Sydney's most well-loved priests, and his ground-breaking book "Jesus and the Dreaming: Discovering Australian Spirituality through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue," will be officially launched in Sydney in coming days.

With the launch of "Jesus and the Dreaming," the remarkable legacy of Fr. Frank and his unwavering support and understanding of Aboriginal Christianity will live on, says Dr Elsie Heiss, well-known elder and co-founder of Sydney's Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM).

"His spirit will always be with us," she says.

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The Queen is in Rome!

Queen Elizabeth II has probably met more Popes than any other queen. She met Pius XII back in 1951 when she was still a princess. Then John XXIII in 1961. John Paul II met her twice at the Vatican and once in the UK,  followed by Benedict XVI's visit in 2010. 
 
Thursday marks the first meeting between Pope Francis and the Queen. 
 
NIGEL BAKER
British Ambassador to the Holy See
"It will be an unusual visit, in one sense, at the Vatican because unlike her previous visits to Rome, protocol will be very light. This is a mutual preference.”
 
Despite the casual and informal atmosphere, the meeting is quite symbolic. 2014, marks 100 years since the UK and the Holy See established diplomatic relations. 
 
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Holy Land bishops: some Muslims, along with Christians, face persecution in Middle East

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land has issued a statement emphasizing that Christians are not the only persons are suffering persecution in the Middle East.

The Catholic bishops cautioned against the tendency of people in the Western world to speak about persecution of Christians in the region, saying that such a claim "plays into the hands of extremists." Many Muslims, too, are the victims of rising intolerance, they said.

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Pope to meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth in the Vatican

(Vatican Radio) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will meet with Pope Francis at a private audience in the Vatican on Thursday afternoon. The Queen, who’ll be accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will also have a private encounter with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano during the one day visit to Rome.
The audience with Pope Francis will mark the 87-year-old Queen’s fifth encounter with a Roman pontiff here in the Vatican, beginning with Pope Pius XII whom she met in 1951, the year before her accession to the throne. In 1982 she became the first monarch since the Reformation to welcome a pope to Britain during John Paul II’s pastoral visit to the country and in 2010 she also hosted Pope Benedict XVI on his state visit to the United Kingdom.

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Nigerian cardinal criticizes role of sharia, says Muslim leaders must ‘rein in their mad dogs’

Nigeria’s leading prelate has briefed the German Bishops’ Conference on religion and violence in Nigeria, particularly the violence committed by members of the Islamist terrorist movement Boko Haram.

“Beyond verbal tirades by some pastors, so far I am not aware of any violent groups claiming Christian inspiration,” said Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, according to a report by the Catholic News Service of Nigeria.

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