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Vatican releases statement on revelations by gay prelate

October 3, 2015. With regard to the declarations and interview given by Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa it should be observed that, notwithstanding the respect due to the events and personal situations, and reflections on the issue, the decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the Synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the Synod assembly to undue media pressure. Msgr. Charamsa will certainly be unable to continue to carry out his previous work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical universities, while the other aspects of his situation shall remain the competence of his diocesan Ordinary.
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Vatican releases statement on Popes meeting with Kim Davis

October 2, 2015. The Vatican’s press office has released a statement regarding the Pope’s greeting of Kim Davis, the County Clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to same sex couples. The Vatican confirms the greeting took place in the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington D.C. The statement adds: ‘The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family. The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.’

Pope Francis recognizes five Spanish martyrs and opens the way for seven to be beatified

Pope Francis has signed eight decrees for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. There are five new martyrs from Spain, who were killed because of hatred against the faith, and seven decrees recognizing heroic virtues. By recognizing heroic virtues, the Pope declares that the candidate for beatification has lived the Christian virtues in an exemplary manner. It is the pre-beatification step. The decrees refer to:

Chinese foreign ministry responds to Pope Francis

September 30, 2015. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said, "China is sincere about improving relations with the Vatican and has made consistent efforts.” It was a response to the Popes recent remark that he would like to visit Chinese and he hopes "the possibility to have good relations exists.”
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Pope Francis met with victims of sexual abuse in Philadelphia

September 27, 2015. Pope Francis met with five people who were sexually abused as children by priests, family and teachers (three women and two men). He listened to their stories and spoke with them for about 30 minutes. According to a Vatican spokesman, he "prayed with them and expressed his solidarity in sharing their suffering, as well as his own pain and shame in especially in the case of injury caused them by clergy or church workers.”
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September 15, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. James Vann Johnston, as the new Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Up until know, Bishop Johnston he had served in Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

High profile Vatican meetings dominate last half of February


The month of February willbe a busy one at the Vatican, with a list of high profile events instore.

It will start offwhen the Pope meets his advisory group from February 17thto the 19th.

The so called G8 council is the group of cardinals who advise thePope on the governance of the Church and possible reforms. Theirfirst two sessions took place in October and December.

In this session, the G8 isexpected to see reviews it requested from outside consulting firms.

 Everything from the management of the Vatican and its bank, to theHoly See's communications department.

 From the 20thto the 21st,cardinals will be summoned from all over the world to meet with thePope. It will be a time to reflect on the strengths and challengesfaced by families and a way to prepare for the Synod on the Familynext year.

On February 22nd,the Pope Francis will name 19 new cardinals during his very firstconsistory.

Of the 19, a total of 16are under the age of 80, which means they will be eligible to vote inan eventual conclave.

These newest membersinclude Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the archbishop of Seoul,Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, from Quebec, Gérald Lacroix, and fromWestminster, Vincent Nichols.

The three Cardinals-electover 80 are Loris Capovilla, who served as John XXIII secretary, alsoSpaniard Fernardo Sebastián, and from the Caribbean Kelvin EdwardFelix.

The day after theConsistory, on the 23rd,Pope Francis will celebrate Mass with all the cardinals.

The coming days willstill be quite busy. On the 24thand the 25th,the Council on the Synod of Bishops will lead a series of meetings atthe Vatican.