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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.

Why the Pope Leads the Way He Leads: The analysis of a former Jesuit Seminarian


In less than a year the Pope's unique style has surprised people from all walks of life. But there's one group in particular, who hasn't been all that surprised: The Jesuits

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"Just like Dominicans, Franciscans, the U.S. Army, every group has its way of doing things, of approaching work, or approaching life and certainly the Jesuits do.”

Chris Lowney understands this mentality quite well and he expands on it, in his book 'Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads.' He was a Jesuit seminarian for six years, so when the Pope talks about going out beyond one's comfort zone, he knows exactly where he's coming from. 

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"Frontier spirit doesn't mean let's go to some country where people haven't gone before. Now the frontier is maybe your own family or maybe one mile away.” 

Then there's the Pope's practical wisdom, which Lowney says is inspired by St. Ignatius. His spiritual exercises can also be seen a decision making guide that trigger self reflection. 

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"Is this me at my best self? Would I prefer to be modeling different values? So some deep sense of self awareness and sense of self.”

A lot has been said about the Pope's freedom. From improvising his speeches and giving interviews to not living where Popes have traditionally lived. Lowney says this comes from the Jesuit motto of doing things for 'God's Greater Glory' meaning detaching yourself from inner restraints. 

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"But because I'm attached to my own fears of making a mistake or looking foolish, I'm not free enough to do what I should be doing, ok.”

Though this mentality comes from the values of the Catholic Church,  Lowney says it's distinctly Jesuit. With this message, in less than a year, the first Jesuit Pope has managed to make waves across the globe. 

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