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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.

Meet one of the oldest living nuns in the world


Her name is Alma Bellotti, but she's known as 'Sister Candida.' She's fun, witty and she is 107 years old. 

She is one of the oldest living nuns in the world, so she's seen her fair share of the good and the bad. 

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"There's good and bad in life. There has always been sun and rain.” 

She's very sharp when it comes to important details, like the fact that she's been a Camillian nun for over 80 years, or that she lives in Tuscany with her fellow sisters. When it comes to less pressing matters, details come and go...

Oldest Nun 
 When was I born? Well, I don't remember. They told me and they even wrote it down, but I don't remember. 

-Today is your birthday! 
-February 20th, 1906, I mean 1907. 

Being one of the oldest nuns in the world, deserves a big celebration. So, she traveled to Rome and bright and early, she attended Pope Francis' morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. 

Making it on time wasn't really a challenge. Her congregation says that every day, at 5:00 a.m sharp, she is the first one in the chapel. 

Then she got a well deserved star treatment, with all eyes on her. 

She credits living a long and happy life to embracing joy and then there's also another key element. 

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"Enjoy it!  Live a happy life, but you have to learn to accept. The first lesson is to accept every moment and the will of God.” 

She has lived through nine pontificates and when it comes to her favorite Pope, she says she doesn't have one. She says they've all been the right fit at the right time. 

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"Every sing day we should give thanks to God, because only this can truly make people happy.”

And that she says, is the real secret of a long and joyful life. 

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