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German Cardinal and former Vatican press director die German Cardinal and former Vatican press director die

German Cardinal and former Vatican press director die

Thursday 6 July 2017

Catholic News Service

Pope Francis has mourned the death of German Cardinal Joachim Meisner, retired archbishop of Cologne, praising his ‘deep faith and sincere love for the church.’

The 83-year-old cardinal died unexpectedly in his sleep yesterday, while on vacation in southern Germany.
 
On the same day, former Vatican press office director Joaquin Navarro-Valls also passed away.

Film review: Monsieur Chocolat

Monday 3 July 2017

Peter W. Sheehan, Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting

This subtitled French biographical drama tells the story of an Afro-Cuban circus performer in the Belle Époque era of France. The performer is Chocolat, who was identified after his death as Rafael Padilla. Born in 1868, he was the first black stage performer in France, and performed on stage in France around the turn of the 20th century. 
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