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Vaticaleaks-2: Court charged five people for “procuring and revealing” confidential material
November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
New archbishop in Barcelona (Spain)
November 6, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach as Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain). He has named Monsignor Juan Jose Omella in his place. He was until now Bishop of the Diocese of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño.
Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.

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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