Faithful celebrate canonisation of first female Brazilian saint | AFP

Hundreds of Brazilians in Salvador applaud and cheer as Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, dubbed the “mother of the poor”, is made a saint by Pope Francis in the Vatican. IMAGES

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Today in History for September 29th

Highlights of this day in history: Germany annexes Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland region; America returns to manned spaceflight for the first time since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster; Pope John Paul the First is found dead in his Vatican apartment. (Sept. 29)

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Cardinal George Pell loses appeal on child sex abuse charges | AFP

Convicted paedophile cardinal George Pell has an appeal against his child sex abuse charges rejected by an Australian court. Once the Vatican’s third-ranking official, 78-year-old Pell was sentenced this year to six years in jail for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys at a Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s. SOUNDBITE

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Missing teen mystery deepens as Vatican dig reveals empty graves | AFP

The two graves thought to hold the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, an Italian teenager who disappeared 36 years ago, are revealed to be empty as they are opened at the Vatican.

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Graves dug in missing Italian teen search empty: | AFP

The two graves thought to hold the remains of an Italian teenager who disappeared 36 years ago are revealed to be empty as they are opened at the Vatican. IMAGES

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Texas woman reads letter she wrote to Vatican

Laura Pontikes reads from a letter she wrote to the Vatican that asked for help to resolve her complaints against the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese for its handling of a case in which she says her priest took advantage of her. (AP Video/Dario Lopez and Allen Breed)

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Vatican women strap on their boots for first time | AFP

More than three decades after it first put out a men’s team, women are finally strapping on the Vatican’s colours of yellow jersey and socks and white shorts and bearing the keys of St. Peter and papal tiara crest.

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Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse

A lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota seeks to trace a direct line from clergy sex abuse victims, through Minnesota church officials, to the Vatican, with claims made by three brothers who were abused by a Catholic priest. (May 14)

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