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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 Francis is the newest draw at Rome's Wax Museum


Pope Francis has been immortalized on canvass, on mosaics, and as of a few days ago, on wax.

The Wax Figures Museum in Rome now features this statue of Pope Francis so that everyone who visits can get up close to the Pope. That's why his face and hands were created using a more life-like substance, silicone.

Director, Rome Wax Museum
"We wanted to bring down the barriers the older museum placed on people. So here, visitors can interact with the statue, which just like Pope Francis, is also very popular. The people love the Pope and a wax figure would have been far too delicate.”

It's unusual for public figures that have been around for nine months to earn their place at this museum. But then again, the popularity Pope Francis enjoys is anything but usual.

Director, Rome Wax Museum
"We can clearly see their response every Sunday and Wednesday at St. Peter's Square. We make statues of beloved public figures. I think that this year there is no other person in the world as beloved as Pope Francis.”

Eight people worked for over three months on the statue. They included the sculptor, a special effects artist and a tailor.

And while some people still find it strange having two Popes at the Vatican. It doesn't hold a candle to this museum. Inside one room alone, visitors will find four of them: Paul VI, John XXIII, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. John Paul I and John Paul II stand indie a display case overlooking all of the museum's inhabitants.

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