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New bishops in Mexico
December 1, 2015. The Pope has appointed two new auxiliary bishops in Morelia. The first is Victor Alejandro Aguilar Ledesma. Currently he is pastor at the "The Lord of Mercy" parish in Curumbatío. The second is Herculano Medina, treasurer of the diocesan seminary of Morelia.
New bishop in Argentina
December 1, 2015. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Francisco Martin Elizalde as Bishop of Nueve de Julio and has appointed Edgardo Ariel Torrado to take his place. He was until now Coadjutor Bishop of the diocese.
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.

Papal initiative brings education, sports and solidarity...and also soccer stars like Messi


According to the latest figures from the United Nations, there are 61 million children without access to education, and about 250 million who are not learning even basic knowledge.

With such alarming numbers, Pope Francis took action by supporting a project known as Scholas Occurrentes. It's made up of a worldwide network of schools that share knowledge online, including tools to facilitate teaching.

Co-Director, Scholas Occurrentes
"When we talk about politics or governments, it takes too much time to change laws. But children can't wait. That's why this network is a call to immediate action.”

The project leader is José María del Corral, one of three personal guests the Pope invited to his inaugural Mass. The professor worked with the now Pope in Buenos Aires, alongside Enrique Palmeyro, who also serves as co-director. Back in Argentina, then-Cardinal Bergoglio tasked Palmeyro with reaching out to people who made a living out to recycling trash. Part of that goal was to improve a network for schools in the city, which gave way to this international project. 

Director, Scholas Occurrentes
"The Pope is constantly giving us his support, and yes, the truth is that his calls and emails come pretty frequently.”

The worldwide initiative continues to grow. When it was launched at the Vatican back in August, two star soccer players like Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon, gave their support. 

Director, Scholas Occurrentes
"The Pope told us: 'bring together schools, popular sports and solidarity.' Combined with these values, and with these athletes that kids look up to, we can promote good values and education.”

But Scholas Occurrentes isn't just about children. Adults are joining in to do their part. Now the program has prepared a special gift for the Pope's one year anniversary as Pontiff in March.

Director, Scholas Occurrentes
"One of the most beloved Italian athletes, Pupi Zanetti, came to us. He's a Christian player and he  came with Dudu Aoutate, who is Jewish. He presented himself and said: 'I'm the captain of the Israeli team.' They also invited a Muslim player. So, their gift to the Pope will be the first inter-religious match for peace.”

So the gift will be a way to combine sports with real life solidarity and achievement. All under the umbrella of an educational project, followed closely by Pope Francis. 

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