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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.

Pope Francis at Roman Parish: Is your heart full of love or hate?


Rome's San Tommaso parish turns 50 this year,  and as part of the celebration, Pope Francis, as the Bishop of Rome, celebrated Mass there. As he arrived and made his way through the streets, he was surrounded by people and camera flashes. 

In his homily, the Pope explained that looking at one's heart, from feelings to intentions should be done more often than not. 

"We should take a look at how we feel inside because our inner feelings, eventually come out and if they're bad, they cause harm. If they're positive feelings, they do good. It's so beautiful to tell ourselves the truth and also to feel ashamed when we're in a situation that doesn't follow what God wants, when it's a bad decision. When my heart is filled with hate, revenge, or  sinful thoughts. Let's ask ourselves, what does my heart look like? 

The first step is not fooling yourself, said the Pope. One must learn to recognize if one's heart is full of love or hate. Part of that comes with asking God for the grace to differentiate one from the other. He then added that evil actions have real consequences. 

"Sometimes when we hear people speaking ill of others, it seems like we forget the sin of slander and defamation. It's like it's eliminated from the dictionary. But speaking ill of another person is a sin. Why do I speak wrongfully about a person? Because there's hate in my heart, antipathy, not love.” 

At the end of the Mass, the Pope thanked the parish and the parish priest. Father Antonio D'Errico shared a few words that made a lot of people laugh, including the Pope. 

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"Your Holiness, may I? As pastor I have to say a few things. Usually at the end of the Mass, the parish priest has to give a few announcements. I have two. May I? So, tomorrow we start..."

Part of the Pope's visit included greeting children who received their first Communion and also those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation. During his four hour visit, he also Confessed some parishioners and met with the elderly, the sick and parents with newly baptized children. This marks the Pope's fourth visit to a Roman parish.