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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.
New bishop in France
October 30, 2015. Pope Francis has named Renauld de Dinechin bishop of Soissons. Until now he was the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Paris.
New bishop in Spain
October 30, 2015. PopeFrancis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Burgos,Francisco Gil Hellin. He has named in his place Fidel Herraez Vegas,who has been an auxiliary bishop of Madrid since 1996.
New archbishops in Italy
October 27, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Matteo Maria Zuppi, who was auxiliary bishop of Rome, to be the Archbishop of Bologna (Italy). He takes the place of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. Also, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice has been appointed Archbishop of Palermo (Italy). He succeeds Cardinal Paolo Romeo.
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Pope Francis"deeply affected" by the earthquake that shook Afghanistan and Pakistán
October 27, 2015. The Secretary of State Pietro Parolin telegraphed the nuncio in Pakistan on behalf of Pope Francis. Full text of the message: "His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the earthquake in the region. He expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this disaster, and he offers the assurance of his prayers for the dead, as well as for the injured and those still missing. Upon all those who mourn the loss of loved ones and upon the civil authorities and emergency personnel involved in the relief efforts, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.”

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


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. 

"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. 

"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. 

"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. 

"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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