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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.

Pope greets new cardinals and their families


"I am very happy to welcome you again today, in this simple family gathering and to greet the new cardinals, their families and friends and all those who accompany them, on this solemn and and important occasion.” 

The gathering was short, but moving. Outside the Vatican's Paul VI hall, the new cardinals described their experience. 

Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria)  
"It's a long occasion and event to give thanks to God. I am not afraid, although the challenges are high. I am not afraid because I've learned in my many years, that the Church and that God will never send us anywhere if we are not accompanied by His grace. So I am good and happy and confident with God's grace."  
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Church (India) 
"This is a new mission for us, for the Church in India, for the Syro-Malankara Church, but again it is reconfirmed with the presence of so many people from different parts of the world. That the Church is one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.” 

Maronite Patriarch (Lebanon) 
"This gesture of the Holy Father stressed the importance of Christians in Lebanon and in the Middle East. So after my appointment by the Holy Father, I've lived these days full of joy. Strengthened by God's grace, I've seen growing confidence in my mission and the challenges we face in the Middle East.” 

Colombia's new Cardinal, Ruben Salazar, took the opportunity to reflect on the future of his country, especially in eradicating the violence

Archbishop of Bogota (Colombia) 
"Every single Colombian is always in my prayers. I'm convinced that God will bless us with peace. I'm hoping that the negotiations taking place right now between the government and FARC rebels will put an end to the conflicts. Then, all Colombians will be able to work towards a country where no one is excluded or marginalized. A country where we can all work for the good of others.” 

From the Philippines, 55 year old Cardinal Tagle from Manila got to enjoy the moment along with both his parents. 

Archbishop of Manila (Philippines)
"It's a grace. Some of the cardinals approached me and told me that their parents are no longer here. It's a blessing that my parents are both healthy and my brother is here too. Many of my relatives witnessed the event. It's not only a blessing for me and my family, but for the Church in Manila and the Church in the Philippines. We also know that it's a calling to wake up to the calling of our mission.” 

Now these six princes of the Church, will head back home, as cardinals and as collaborators of the Pope.