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Pope sends his condolences for the passing of Carmen Hernández

July 21, 2016. Pope Francis sent a message to Kiko Argüello after the passing of Carmen Hernández. He said he was close in spirit to her family and everyone involved with the Neocatechumenal Way, a itinerary of faith which she started, and also to the people who witnessed and appreciated her apostolic work, one of permanent education in faith. The Pope also thanked Hernández's testimony of faith and prays that "the Divine Goodness” welcomes her into the joy of eternal rest and that those involved in the Neochatecumenal Way keep the flame of her evangelizing spirit alive.
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Vatican condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France that has killed at least 84 people

July 15, 2016. The terrorist used a large truck to plough through a crowd during the Bastille day celebration.
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Pope sends condolences for the victims of Italian train accident

July 12, 2016. Pope Francis sent a telegram with his condolences for the victims of the train accident that occurred in southern Italy. The Pope says he shares the pain of the families affected by this tragic incident, which resulted in at least 20 deaths and more than 50 wounded. Pope Francis prays for the dead and for the speedy recovery of the injured.
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Pope approves martyrdom of laic that refused to enroll in the SS, and of other future saints

July 8, 2016. The Pope has approved the enactment of several decrees for causes of beatification. (Continue reading)
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Vatileaks 2: Two main defendants condemned. Both journalists and Vallejo's secretary acquitted.

July 7, 2016. Fr. Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the Vatileaks case. The Vatican Tribunal also condemned his main collaborator, Francesca Chaouqui, to 10 months in prison, with a five-year suspended application of the sentence. The third person involved, Nicola Maio, has been completely cleared of all charges. Citing freedom of press, the court says it does not have jurisdiction over and is unable to prosecute the two journalists who obtained classified information, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.
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Vatileaks II: Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui's defense ask for acquittal on all charges

July 5, 2016. The lawyers for the two main defendants, Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, have called for an acquittal on all charges after the prosecutors petitioned for the sentencing of both accused. The Spanish priest was accused of conspiracy and disclosing classified documents while Francesca Chaouqui, is considered the main conspirator of the events that eventually unfolded. On Wednesday, the lawyers for the other three defendants Nicola Maio, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi will present their findings.
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New archbishop in Dominican Republic

July 4, 2016. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) due to his age. The Pope has appointed in his place Bishop Francisco Ozoria Acosta. Pope Francis has also accepted a resignation from the auxiliary bishop of the same archdiocese, Monsignor Amancio Escapa Aparicio, because of his age as well.

Medical issues prevent new Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, from taking up his new post

2013-10-15

It was completely unexpected. The ceremony was scheduled to be a farewell for Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and the swearing in of Msgr. Pietro Parolin as the new Secretary of State. But, Pope Francis announced a change of  plans.   

POPE FRANCIS
"We are gathered here to thank Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who leaves his post as Secretary of State, and to welcome Msgr. Parolin. But we'll have to welcome him despite his absence. He will take possession of his new post a few weeks from today, due to a small surgery he had to go through.”

Speaking before employees of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Pope thanked Cardinal Bertone for his seven years of service in leading that department. 

POPE FRANCIS
"At this time, it's a feeling of gratitude I would like to share with you all. Dear Cardinal Tarcisio, I think I also speak for my beloved predecessor, Benedict XVI, in thanking you vigorously for your work in these past few years.”

Cardinal Bertone will no longer serve as Secretary of State, but he will remain the Camerlengo, and president of the commission of cardinals which oversees the IOR, or Vatican bank.

CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE
"I visited Fatima for the dedication of the Basilica of the Holy Trinity less than a year after the start of my term. I would like to think that all these years I have been under the special protection of Our Lady.”

The Secretariat of State is tasked with the Holy See's diplomatic affairs and it also implements the Pope's decisions. As the department head, the Secretary of State is the main collaborator for Popes.

While Msgr. Parolin recovers from surgery, two people will lead the Vatican Secretariat of State: the number three person at the Vatican, Archbishop Angelo Becciu will oversee internal affairs; while the Secretary for Relations with States Dominique Mamberti will oversee the Vatican's diplomatic relations.


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