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Vatican releases statement on revelations by gay prelate

October 3, 2015. With regard to the declarations and interview given by Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa it should be observed that, notwithstanding the respect due to the events and personal situations, and reflections on the issue, the decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the Synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the Synod assembly to undue media pressure. Msgr. Charamsa will certainly be unable to continue to carry out his previous work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical universities, while the other aspects of his situation shall remain the competence of his diocesan Ordinary.
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Vatican releases statement on Popes meeting with Kim Davis

October 2, 2015. The Vatican’s press office has released a statement regarding the Pope’s greeting of Kim Davis, the County Clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to same sex couples. The Vatican confirms the greeting took place in the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington D.C. The statement adds: ‘The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family. The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.’

Pope Francis recognizes five Spanish martyrs and opens the way for seven to be beatified

Pope Francis has signed eight decrees for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. There are five new martyrs from Spain, who were killed because of hatred against the faith, and seven decrees recognizing heroic virtues. By recognizing heroic virtues, the Pope declares that the candidate for beatification has lived the Christian virtues in an exemplary manner. It is the pre-beatification step. The decrees refer to:

Chinese foreign ministry responds to Pope Francis

September 30, 2015. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said, "China is sincere about improving relations with the Vatican and has made consistent efforts.” It was a response to the Popes recent remark that he would like to visit Chinese and he hopes "the possibility to have good relations exists.”
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Pope Francis met with victims of sexual abuse in Philadelphia

September 27, 2015. Pope Francis met with five people who were sexually abused as children by priests, family and teachers (three women and two men). He listened to their stories and spoke with them for about 30 minutes. According to a Vatican spokesman, he "prayed with them and expressed his solidarity in sharing their suffering, as well as his own pain and shame in especially in the case of injury caused them by clergy or church workers.”
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September 15, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. James Vann Johnston, as the new Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Up until know, Bishop Johnston he had served in Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

New Cardinals: What will the College of Cardinals look like?


The new cardinals are American, James Harvey, who currently serves as the Prefect of the Papal Household and will also be the future Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. The list also includes Maronite Patriarch Raï Béchara, who serves as Lebanon's main Catholic leader. Third on the list is Indian  Baselios Thottunkal, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Church. From Nigeria, there's John Onaiyekan, the Archbishop of Abuja. From Colombia, there's Ruben Salazar, the Archbishop of Bogota. From the Philippines, there's Luis Antonio Tagle, who serves as the Archbishop of Manila. 

The new appointments give a greater representation of the Universal Church.  In addition to advising the Pope, cardinals younger than 80, will be in charge of electing a new Pope in an eventual conclave. 

Although there are no Europeans among these future cardinals, there are already 62 cardinal electors from Europe,  making it the highest number when compared to other continents. Twenty seven of them are Italian. Latin America ranks second. It currently has 20 cardinals, but at the end of November it will have 21. North America ranks third with a total of 14. Africa has 12. Asia goes from eight to 11 cardinals. Oceania has one. 

With 27 cardinals, Italy is the country that has the most cardinals. It's followed by the United States with 11 elector cardinals. Then, comes Germany with seven, followed by Spain which has six. India will have a growing representation in an eventual conclave with five cardinal electors, which is the same as Brazil and Mexico. France and Poland, each have four cardinal electors. 

For a Pope to be successfully elected, he must obtain two thirds of the vote, plus one. 

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