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Students of St Mary's High School,
Gateshead are participating enthusiastically
in Project Compassion 2014 during the
season of Lent. Learn more on page 5.
Photo courtesy of Priscilla Scanlon.
There is a focus this month on the fir st
anniver sary of the emergence of Pope
Fr ancis from the conclave of cardinals.
What an impact he has made in such a
shor t time! His gestures, his words, his
tweets and his smile have captured the
imagination of people of all faiths and no
faith. For Catholics, he has created, rather
than captured, the Zeitgeist. Reader Mary
Blackford of Shor tland said to me recently,
"I just love Pope Francis" and she's not the
Several contributions in this edition provide
commentary on 'the Fr ancis effect'. I hope
you enjoy them, and the sketch by budding
ar tist Joshua Sam of Corpus Christi Primary,
War atah, to accompany our new column,
The fir st "Two by Two" appear s this month,
and it was a treat indeed to meet Alicia
Jenkins and Kir r alee Walton and learn from
them. To find out what Alicia and Kir r alee
have in common, please turn to page 10.
I loved one reader 's response to the first
edition of 2014: "Congratulations on the
February issue of Aurora! The wonderful
cover picture was a perfect start to the
pages that followed, pages made all the
more attr active by their colour ful banner s
and photos . It really is a summer-bright,
Thank you to those who have "liked" Aurora
on Facebook; it's another way to share our
stories and invitations . If you are a Facebook
enthusiast, I encour age you to come aboard
by "liking" Aurora magazine.
There were plenty of positive responses to
"The Catholic Thing" by Richard Leonard
SJ last month, and this month Fr Andrew
Doohan, Forster Tuncur ry's parish priest,
explains what Catholics believe about the
papacy. It complements our commentary
on Pope Francis.
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
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The winner of a copy of Richard Leonard's
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you to all who entered. I hope to have
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Pope Fr ancis writes in his apostolic
exhor tation, Evangelii Gaudium : The Joy of the
Gospel, in a section titled, "The delightful and
comfor ting joy of evangelising", "Goodness
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