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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.

Pope to American Jewish Committee: Let's work together, let's embrace fraternity



Just months before Pope Francis visits the Holy Land, he met with the American Jewish Committee for the very first time, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

"We come here with a true feeling that you are our true friend.”

The relationship between Catholics and Jews has a complicated history. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the 'Nostra Aetate' document, where the Second Vatican Council laid out the Church's relationship with non-Christian religions.

"It is also important to find ways in which Jews and Christians can cooperate in constructing a more just and peaceful world.”

 The Pope acknowledged all the progress that's been made, but he also said he hopes the Jewish community is open to learning and understanding more about Christianity.

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"It's not just that the Jews are the roots of Christianity, we are a family and there is a strong sense of that.”

Rabbi David Rosen is AJC's International Director of Interreligious Affairs. Before meeting with the Pope, he along with a delegation met with the Vatican's Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.

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"In a way that's the new era for Catholic/Jewish relations. We've had to address the past, we've had to overcome the past, we've had to deal with theology in the past. The challenge is what can we do for the future.”

That same week, representatives from the Holy See and the State of Israel met to discuss the legal and economic rights of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.

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"Being one together despite our theological difference is very strong and very sincere and very much heart felt.”

As he gets ready for his visit to Jerusalem in May, the Pope asked for their prayers, so that the pilgrimage 'may bring forth the fruits of communion, hope and peace.'