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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.

Italian Sea Guardian: Christ of the Abyss turns 60

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January 14, 2014. The waters in north central coast of the Mediterranean are famous for its spectacular beaches along the Italian and French Rivieras. But underneath the famed waters, near the city of Genoa, lies a bronze statue of Jesus Christ.


It's called the Christ of the Abyss, and lies approximately 50 feet underwater. An Italian artist crafted the eight-foot statue 60 years ago to commemorate the death of Italy's first scuba diver.

 

The Christ of the Abyss is depicted with both arms up towards the sky, and the surface, in prayer. The original, was made of clay, but after passing boats damaged it, a bronze replica replaced it. 

 

Today, the Christ statue lies within a protected marine park. But it remains accessible to people, looking for an adventure under the sea.


There are two other replicas of the Christ of the Abyss across the world. One of the coast of Granada, in the Caribbean, and a third off the Florida coast.

 


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