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Pope sends his condolences for the passing of Carmen Hernández

July 21, 2016. Pope Francis sent a message to Kiko Argüello after the passing of Carmen Hernández. He said he was close in spirit to her family and everyone involved with the Neocatechumenal Way, a itinerary of faith which she started, and also to the people who witnessed and appreciated her apostolic work, one of permanent education in faith. The Pope also thanked Hernández's testimony of faith and prays that "the Divine Goodness” welcomes her into the joy of eternal rest and that those involved in the Neochatecumenal Way keep the flame of her evangelizing spirit alive.
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Vatican condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France that has killed at least 84 people

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Pope sends condolences for the victims of Italian train accident

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Pope approves martyrdom of laic that refused to enroll in the SS, and of other future saints

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Vatileaks 2: Two main defendants condemned. Both journalists and Vallejo's secretary acquitted.

July 7, 2016. Fr. Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the Vatileaks case. The Vatican Tribunal also condemned his main collaborator, Francesca Chaouqui, to 10 months in prison, with a five-year suspended application of the sentence. The third person involved, Nicola Maio, has been completely cleared of all charges. Citing freedom of press, the court says it does not have jurisdiction over and is unable to prosecute the two journalists who obtained classified information, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.
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Vatileaks II: Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui's defense ask for acquittal on all charges

July 5, 2016. The lawyers for the two main defendants, Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, have called for an acquittal on all charges after the prosecutors petitioned for the sentencing of both accused. The Spanish priest was accused of conspiracy and disclosing classified documents while Francesca Chaouqui, is considered the main conspirator of the events that eventually unfolded. On Wednesday, the lawyers for the other three defendants Nicola Maio, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi will present their findings.
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New archbishop in Dominican Republic

July 4, 2016. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) due to his age. The Pope has appointed in his place Bishop Francisco Ozoria Acosta. Pope Francis has also accepted a resignation from the auxiliary bishop of the same archdiocese, Monsignor Amancio Escapa Aparicio, because of his age as well.

Creators describe 'miracle' behind @Pontifex Latin Twitter account

2014-02-15

It's the become one of the greatest surprises. The Pope's Twitter account in Latin has surpassed all expectations. It was expected to draw some 5,000 followers. Instead, it has over 213,000.

FR. DANIEL GALLAGHER
Latin Scholar, Vatican Secretariat of State
"It's almost a miracle. We weren't sure why it had such great success. But, from the letters we've received, the messages and comments, it's clear that the public think that it's a very useful language today. Be it for an exchange of ideas or conversations, but more so for the fact that there's a great culture behind this language.”

Though it may sound rather ironic, a language that hasn't been spoken in centuries has become a prime way to use one of the most modern and popular communication tools today.

FR. DANIEL GALLAGHER
Latin Scholar, Vatican Secretariat of State
"It makes it possible to express yourself in a short, precise, and also fun way, not possible with other languages. What we usually have to say with 12 or 14 words, in Latin four words are enough. It's well known for it's capacity to shorten, and concisely express the most treasured and shear thoughts to others.”

The @Pontifex account in Latin has more followers than the accounts for Arabic, Polish or German. It's precisely this country that has shown the greatest interest in Latin.

FR. DANIEL GALLAGHER
Latin Scholar, Vatican Secretariat of State
"It's impossible to say precisely who and where all followers come. But many Germans have responded saying they like to follow the Holy Father in Latin. We know that learning Latin is still very widespread across Germany, to the extent that students can start understanding and following our account from the fourth or fifth grade.”

Over centuries, the Church used Latin to communicate, and spread its messages around the world. In modern times, it seems even today's society has learned to appreciate this classical language.


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