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Ex-Nuncio to Dominican Republic, accused of sexual abuse, found dead

August 28, 2015. The Vatican has issued a statement saying that ex-Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic Józef Wesolowski was found dead in his room this morning. He is believed to have died of natural causes, according the Vatican authorities. A Vatican prosecutor has asked that an autopsy be performed today. The statement further specifies that the results will be announced as soon as possible and that Pope Francis has been informed of the situation.
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Pope Francis sends a message to organizers and participants of the Rimini Meeting

August 19, 2015. On the occasion of the 36th edition of the Rimini Meeting, Pope Francis sent a message to participants and organizers through Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. He told them that the void we sometimes feel in our hearts reminds us that we are called to great things. The event is also known as "the Meeting for friendship among peoples,” and it is organized by the Communion and Liberation movement. During the meeting shows, conferences, exhibitions and sporting events are organized.
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Pope Francis “deeply saddened” by the tragedy in Bangkok

August 19, 2015. Pope Francis is "deeply saddened” by the terrorist attack in Bangkok, which killed at least 20 people, according to the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. In a telegram sent to the King of Thailand on behalf of the Pope, the cardinal said Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and his closeness to all those affected by the attacks.
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Erection of Apostolic Exarchate in Canada

Pope Francis has erected the Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malabar in Canada. He has appointed Fr. Jose Kalluvelil to be its first Exarch, assigning him the titular of Tabalta.
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New bishop in India

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Antony Prince Panengaden to be bishop of the eparchy of Adilabad of the Syro-Malabar (India). His appointment comes after the resignation of Msgr. Joseph Kunnath.

Vatican workshop pushes for ceasefire and political transition to end Syrian crisis

2014-01-12

The Vatican push for peace in Syria will continue with a workshop on Monday focused on ending the conflict, and pushing for dialogue. 

Some of the guest speakers at the workshop include Mohamed ElBaradei, the former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency,  Jeffrey Sachs, a senior U.N. advisor on economic development and poverty.

The one-day event is organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS). It'll gather important global voices to discuss solutions to end the three-year civil war.

In following Pope Francis' guidance, the PAS will offer four concrete proposals. The first is to establish a ceasefire, in order to help distribute humanitarian aid. Second, to encourage inter-religious dialogue, and end the persecution of Christians in Syria. Third, to set up a transitional government that leads the country to elections. And lastly, to tackle all forms of human trafficking, including prostitution.

Presentations range from the reaction of the international community in the conflict, to the regional context of the violence, or the role of religion in peace-building.

According to U.N. estimates, there are now more than 120,000 deaths from the violence. The fighting has also displaced nearly eight million people, with two million of them fleeing to neighboring countries.  


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