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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.

Book published on Pope Francis' first interview: 'My door is always open.'


Traditionally Popes don't usually give out interviews. But Jesuit priest, Antonio Spadaro broke that mold, when he interviewed Pope Francis for Civiltà Cattolica and other Jesuit publications.

It was the first interview Pope Francis agreed to and it made waves across the globe. It laid out some of his priorities like evangelization and reforms in the governance of the Church. Now Spadaro is sharing what that conversation was like. 

Director, Civilttà Cattolica
"The Pope is calm, but he's also like a volcano. When Pope Francis speaks, he doesn't follow a linear conversation, instead it goes up and down. So he first throws out something to test you, then he does that again and again. So for the final product to make sense you have to tie it all together and lay out the entire conversation. This interview could not follow a  simple question and answer format." 

That conversation is now part of a book, titled 'My Door is Always Open.' The publication is an extension of that breakthrough interview, including some background and comments to help readers understand the context and setting of the interview. 

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"The title of the book, already says so much about the Pope's attitude. With John Paul II his main phrase was: Don't be afraid. Then with Benedict XVI it was: Open Wide the doors to Christ. Now with Pope Francis it's, My Door is Always Open.” 

Director, Civilitta Cattolica 
"Once I wrote and published the interview, I noticed that there was still much more to be said.  There was a need to share things that I hesitated to publish, because it was difficult to explain.” 

The interview was carried out in three afternoons back in August. It was around the same time when the Pope was preparing his apostolic exhortation. 

It was the Pope's first interview, so it made sense that the Pope's new team was at the book launching, including his advisory group, the Pope's secretary Fabian Padacchio and the Vatican's Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.