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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's General Audience: The Resurrection of Jesus gives us the seed of eternity


In his catechesis Pope Francis focused on the Resurrection. He explained why the Resurrection of Christ is interconnected with that of humanity and strengthened through the Sacraments. 

Despite Rome's cold weather, the Pope held his weekly general audience out in St. Peter's Square to accommodate the large crowds. During this time of year, the audience is usually held indoors, at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. 


Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

"We return to our reflection on "the resurrection of the body”, as we look at three aspects of the relationship between Christ’s resurrection and our own. 

 First, the Gospel reveals to us that our faith in the resurrection is bound to the person of Jesus Christ, who himself said "I am the resurrection and the life”.  Like us in all things but sin, Christ gathers us to himself so that we may accompany him in his journey back to the Father.  

The Risen Christ gives his disciples the Holy Spirit as a pledge of communion with God which has its fullness in eternity.  The anticipation of eternal life is the source and reason for our hope.  If cultivated and protected, it illuminates our lives as persons and communities.  

Second, Christ rose in his glorified body.  Through Christ, our bodies will also be glorified and reunited with our souls at the resurrection.  Therefore, our experience of the Risen Christ in the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, prepares us for the reunion of our bodies and souls in heaven.  Third, while Jesus will resurrect us at the end of time, even now he wishes us to share in his resurrection.  

Through Baptism, we are inserted into his death and resurrection and begin to experience new life.  The seed of eternity is planted within us.  Hence, the image of eternity is imprinted on us and calls us to respect the lives of all people, especially those who suffer. 

 In this way, we can experience the closeness of the Reign of God, towards which we all journey together. 

Speaker: I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Denmark, Australia and the United States.  Upon you and your families I invoke God’s blessings of joy and peace!