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Vaticaleaks-2: Court charged five people for “procuring and revealing” confidential material
November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
New archbishop in Barcelona (Spain)
November 6, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach as Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain). He has named Monsignor Juan Jose Omella in his place. He was until now Bishop of the Diocese of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño.
Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.

Beatification for Alvaro del Portillo will take place in Madrid on September 27


The successor of Saint Josemaría Escrivá will be beatified in Madrid, his native city, and where he met the founder of Opus Dei, and was ordained a priest. Alvalro del Portillo dedicated his life to teaching people how to find God in their everyday lives. 

He also worked in several departments of the Roman Curia, and participated in the Second Vatican Council. Plus, along his life he promoted social initiatives across the globe.

The beatification ceremony is expected for Saturday, September 27. Card. Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will lead the ceremony on behalf of the Pope.

The ceremony will cap his beatification process, which started in Rome in March 2004, ten years after his death.

Alvaro del Portillo studied civil engineering. He was among the first to follow St. Josemaría Escrivá, and soon became one of his closest collaborators. In 1944, he was ordained a priest, and two years later left for Rome.

After the death of St. Josemaría, del Portillo was elected president general of Opus Dei, and after 1982, he was their prelate.

Those who knew him remember him as a person that emanated peace and good humor, and who brought people closer to God.

Few people also know that del Portillo was the leading advocate to install the mosaic of the Virgin Mary that crowns St. Peter's Square. His idea was so well received that John Paul II asked him to oversee it.

- BN