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Pope will consider to remind bishops to respond directly to sex abuse victims

February 8, 2016 The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors asked the Pope to remind all bishops and authorities in the Church of the importance of responding directly to victims and survivors who approach them; and the finalization of a Universal Day of Prayer. On Saturday, the commission asked one of its members, Peter Saunders of Great Britain, who was abused by a priest when he was young, to temporarily suspend his collaboration "to reflect on how he can best contribute to the work of the Commission.” Read more...
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Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow will meet

February 5, 2016.Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet on February 12 next. Their meeting will take place in Cuba, where the Pope will make a stop on his way to Mexico, and where the Patriarch will be on an official visit. It will include a personal conversation at Havana’s José Martí International Airport, and will conclude with the signing of a joint declaration.This meeting of the Primates of the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church will be the first in history.
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Christian missionary kidnapped by al Qaeda appears in video

January 27, 2016. BeatriceStockly, a Christian missionary from Switzerland, has surfaced in avideo published by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. She was kidnappedin Mali earlier this month, after having already been kidnapped in2012.
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Pope Francis will travel to Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

January 25, 2016. Pope Francis intends to participate in a joint ceremony of the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, scheduled to take place in Lund, Sweden on Monday October 31, 2016.
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New decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

January 22, 2016. On January 21, Pope Francis authored the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to publish the following decrees: - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Polish Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus Mary. (1631 - 1701) - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Argentine Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero. (1840 - 1914) - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Mexican Blessed layman and martyr José Sánchez del Río. (1913 - 1928) - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Italian Servant of God Francesco Maria Greco. (1857 - 1931) - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Italian Servant of God Elisabetta Sanna. (1788 - 1857) - The martyrdom of the German Servant of God Engelmar Unzeitig. (1911 - 1945) - The martyrdom of the Spanish Servant of God Fr. Genaro Fueyo Castañón and three lay partners in 1936. - The martyrdom of the Japanese Servant of God Justo Takayama Ukon. (1552-1553) - The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Arsenio da Trigolo. (1849 - 1909) - The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Maria Luisa Blessed Sacrament. (1826-1886)
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Pope Francis will visit the Mosque of Rome on January 27

January 19, 2016. The Imam, Izzedin Elzir, announced that the Pope will visit the Grand Mosque of Rome on the 27th of January.

List of new cardinals announced by Pope Francis

2014-01-12

Full list of new cardinals named by Pope Francis:

Pietro Parolin
Vatican Secretary of State

Lorenzo Baldisseri
Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops

Gerhard Ludwig Mueller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Beniamino Stella
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy

Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster, United Kingdom

Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano
Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua

Gerald Cyprien Lacroix
Archbishop of Quebec, Canada

Jean-Pierre Kutwa
Archbishop of Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Orani Joao Tempesta
Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Gualtiero Bassetti
Archbishop of Perugia, Italy

Mario Aurelio Poli
Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Andrew Yeom Soo jung
Archbishop of Seoul, South Korea

Ricardo Ezzati Andrello
Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, Chile

Philippe Nakellentuba Ouedraogo
Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Orlando B. Quevedo
Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines

Chibly Langlois
Bishop of Les Cayes, Haiti


Over 80 years old:

Loris Francesco Capovilla
Former Pope John XXIII personal secretary 

Fernando Sebastian Aguilar
Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona (Spain)

Kelvin Edward Felix
Archbishop emeritus of Castries (Dominica)