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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: Life and Revolution: He's been Pope for less than a year, but it seems like centuries...


More than ten years ago, Elisabetta Piqué, was granted a rare interview with a new, somewhat unknown cardinal, named Jorge Mario Bergoglio. She never imagined that years later, she would write a book on him: the first Latin American Pope. 

Journalist and Author 
"He has been Pope for less than a year, but with everything he's done, it seems like it's been centuries.” 

Titled, 'Francis: Life and Revolution,'  the Argentinian author delves into the Pope's style and his call for change in more ways than one. 

Journalist and Author 
 "Even his list of new cardinals, says something about his vision. He is trying to balance the disproportion in the College of Cardinals. Half were European and about one fourth Italian, so it didn't really represent the Universal Church.” 

Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster 
"I'm sure that when he came to Rome for the Conclave, he wasn't expecting to be elected Pope. I remember a couple of days later, I congratulated him and with a smile he said 'You- You are guilty of this.”

Communicating the Gospel in simple terms and  leading by example: Piqué says these are the Pope's major strengths. Especially with his call for peace in the Middle East and his future visit to the Holy Land. Particuarly now that Israel and Palestine re-engage in peace negotiations.

Argentinian Rabbi 
"Of course the main mission of this trip is to find new avenues to promote peace.” 

By choosing the word 'Revolution,' the book's author she wants to highlight, not just the unusual circumstances in which the Pope was elected, but also the cultural and spiritual revolution he has inspired both in and outside the Catholic Church. 

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