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New bishops in the Philippines

July 3, 2015. Pope Francishas nominated Msgr. Dennis C. Villarojo andFather Oscar J. L.Florencio to be the Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Cebu(Philippines). Since 2010, Villarojo has been at the parish of OurLady of the Sacred Heart in Cebu City. Florencio has been the rectorof Saint John the Evangelist School of Theology since 2013.
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Pope weighs in on economic crisis in Greece

July 1, 2015 The Vatican is weighing in on the economic crisis that is crippling Greece. Through a written statement, the Vaticans press office issued a release that reads "the dignity of the human person must remain at the center of any political and technical debate." It goes on to say that the Pope "wishes to convey his closeness...with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a keenly felt human and social crisis. The Pope then "invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.”
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Benedict XVI will spend two weeks at Castel Gandolfo

June 30, 2015. Thismorning at 10:00 a.m., Pope Francis said farewell to Pope EmeritusBenedict XVI, before he leaves for Castel Gandolfo. The meetinglasted about 30 minutes. The pope emeritus will return on July 14th< sup>,one day after Pope Francis returns from his trip to Latin America.
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Pope Francis creates Secretariat for Communication

June 27, 2015. The Popehas created a Secretariat for Communication, which will unify allVatican media, including the Press Room, Twitter and the PontificalCouncil for Social Communications. Its prefect is the Italian priestDario Viganò, and the number two is the Argentine Lucio Adrian Ruiz.
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Appointments

June 26, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Hector Luis Gutierrez de Pabon, who served as Bishop of Engativá, Colombia. His post will be taken by Francisco Antonio Nieto Súa, who up until now, served as the Bishop of San José del Guaviare (Colombia).
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Holy See backs two-state solution in Middle East

June 26, 2015. The Holy See and thePalestine Liberation Organization (PLO) have officially signed acomprehensive agreement, in which the Holy See recognizes the Stateof Palestine and supports a two-state solution for peace based on the1967 borders.
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Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia passes away

June 25, 2015. Pope Francis has written a telegram expressing his condolences over the recent death of the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia, Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni. He was 75-years-old and had recently been at San Peters Basilica to celebrate Mass in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.
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Mexican bishop resigns after possible abuse of episcopal office

June 25, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Gonzalo Galván Castillo, who was until now bishop of Autlán, Mexico. A sexual abuse victim said in July of last year that he had been waiting for five years for the bishop to take action against the priest who abused him. Although the Vatican has not provided further information, this case could be treated as abuse of episcopal office.
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Successor of Mother Teresa, passes away.

June 23, 2015. Sister Nirmala Joshi, the head of the Missionaries of Charity, has passed away at the age of 81. She died in the Indian city of Kolkate on Monday night, after suffering heart ailments. Sister Joshi was elected as head of the Missionaries of Charity in 1997.
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Trial against former apostolic nuncio accused of abuse will start on July 11th

June 15, 2015. The former apostolic nuncio to Dominican Republic, Józef Wesołowski will stand trial at a Vatican tribunal. The first hearing will take place on July 11th. Wesołowski has already been removed from the clerical state after being charged with possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors.
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American Archbishop Resigns After Mishandling of Abuse Allegations

June 15, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. John Clayton Nienstedt, who served as the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He also accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop, Rev. Lee Anthony Piche, from that same diocese. Recently, both were accused of ignoring accusations involving an abusive former priest who served in the Archdiocese.
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Pope Francis to travel to Africa

June 12, 2015. The Vatican’s nuncio in the Central African Republic, Mons. Francesco Coppola, confirmed that Pope Francis is planning on visiting the country. He states it will take place on November 2015. It will be Pope Francis’ first visit to Africa.
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New archbishop in Berlin (Germany)

June 8, 2015. The Pope has appointed Heiner Koch as the new metropolitan bishop of Berlin (Germany). Until now, he was bishop of Dresden-Meiβen.
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New military ordinariate of Venezuela

June 8, 2015. Pope Benedict has appointed Adan Mendez Bracamonte to bemilitary ordinariate of Venezuela. Until now, he was military diocesan administrator.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone: Keeping the secret of Benedict XVI's resignation was a tremendous burden

2014-02-11

In a rare interview, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who served as Benedict XVI's main collaborator during his papacy, sat down with ROME REPORTS to talk about the historic resignation and everything in between. 

Even though Bertone retired in October, he has kept a pretty busy schedule. 

CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE
"I'm doing just fine. I'm very busy with work , so I don't have a lot of free time, because I participate in the activities of different dicasteries in the Roman Curia. I'm also busy with meetings and audiences depending on my availability. Then, out of my speaking engagements come many requests.” 

Cardinal Bertone, who as Secretary of State held the Vatican's number two post, also talked about when Benedict XVI started considering his resignation. 

CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE
"Pope Benedict XVI thought about this decision long before announcing it. He told me about it in mid-2012. I told the Pope all the problems that could arise if he did so. But, he felt tired, his age weighed on him. He was concerned with World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. He would ask himself, 'At my age, how will I, address millions of young people?' 

So, for months Bertone kept it a secret, until  Benedict XVI's historic announcement on February 11th, 2013. 

CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE
"Keeping this secret for so long, as the Church carried out business as usual, including all the troubles and controversies that were going on at that time, it was a tremendous burden. I would think about all the interpretations that would come from this historic announcement.” 

Of course, when Benedict XVI announced his resignation, one of the main question was how two Popes would live at the Vatican. But time has proven that this dynamic situation is actually quite simple. 

CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE
"The life of Pope Benedict, our Pope Emeritus and Pope Francis is a life that's lived out peacefully, in harmony and one that doesn't erase the presence of Benedict XVI. Resigning has triggered a great love and appreciation from the Universal Church towards Pope Benedict. In fact, even Pope Francis honors Pope Benedict by describing him like a grandfather and wise confidant. He cares for him quite deeply and he visits him. It's a beautiful and fraternal gesture and also a lesson on how we should treat the elderly. As Pope Francis has said time and time again, the elderly hold the patrimony of wisdom, the patrimony of faith and the patrimony of spiritual life. They pass it on to the youth.” 

Tarcisio Bertone began working closely with then Cardinal Ratzinger back in 1995 when he held the number two post at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A year after being elected Pope, he became Benedict XVI's closest collaborator. To highlight this part of his life, now Bertone is considering writing a book that sheds light on this chapter in his life and the life of the Church. 


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