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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 will visit Roman parish on 'existential peripheries'


On Sunday, Pope Francis will visit the Sacred Heart parish in Rome. It's located by the city's main train station, known as Termini. Over the years, the area has gained a reputation for its high homeless population. 

Parish priest
"At first the Pope wasn't convinced about visiting this parish. Instead, he wanted to give priority to those that are not really in the center of Rome. But when he found out that we work with the youth, the poor and with refugees, he said he would definitely visit.”

It's a common sight to see people sleeping on the street, under cardboard boxes, especially at night. But at the parish, they find support to assimilate into society. Luigi is among them. He's one of the  lucky ones who have been able to find shelter at night. 

During the day, Luigi spends most of his time out on the street, and while he hopes to one day land a job, he knows it won't be easy. At 59, he suffers from a condition that limits his vision. But he says,  the fact that Pope Francis will pay a visit, is very moving. 

"I'd like to tell him so many things. But it's no use saying them, because he already knows what we're feeling.  It's like he sees it in our very own eyes. But really the greatest gift will be to meet him. I think Pope Francis is great and I really want to finally meet him.” 

The Salesian-run parish carries out many support programs for the poor, including refugees.  A chapter from the Missionaries of the Risen Christ assist the Salesians with educational and welfare activities. These women arrived to the Sacred Heart church four years ago, and since then, things have gotten busy.  

Nowadays, about 400 refugees depend on them.  One of them, Stephen who stopped in the now infamous island of Lampedusa, before making it to Rome. 

Ghanian Refugee
"I'm very happy with them because they have love for everyone here, most of them are refugees, because sometimes they have dinner for refugees here. We all gather to eat.”

Missionary of the Risen Christ 
"We listen to their lives, have tea with them. Many times they'll say, this is the first time I've been offered tea since I escaped from home.  Many have seen their friends die, while they ran away. And many more have families that were killed.”

The Pope's schedule will be completely packed. He will spend about four hours, meeting several groups. In addition to the homeless, Pope Francis will meet with refugees, volunteers and parish youths. But he will also make the time to answer their questions.

In his role as Bishop of Rome, the Pope will confess five people, celebrate Mass, and greet the sick. He'll also meet with the two religious communities that look after the Sacred Heart parish.