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Ex-Nuncio to Dominican Republic, accused of sexual abuse, found dead

August 28, 2015. The Vatican has issued a statement saying that ex-Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic Józef Wesolowski was found dead in his room this morning. He is believed to have died of natural causes, according the Vatican authorities. A Vatican prosecutor has asked that an autopsy be performed today. The statement further specifies that the results will be announced as soon as possible and that Pope Francis has been informed of the situation.
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Pope Francis sends a message to organizers and participants of the Rimini Meeting

August 19, 2015. On the occasion of the 36th edition of the Rimini Meeting, Pope Francis sent a message to participants and organizers through Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. He told them that the void we sometimes feel in our hearts reminds us that we are called to great things. The event is also known as "the Meeting for friendship among peoples,” and it is organized by the Communion and Liberation movement. During the meeting shows, conferences, exhibitions and sporting events are organized.
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Pope Francis “deeply saddened” by the tragedy in Bangkok

August 19, 2015. Pope Francis is "deeply saddened” by the terrorist attack in Bangkok, which killed at least 20 people, according to the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. In a telegram sent to the King of Thailand on behalf of the Pope, the cardinal said Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and his closeness to all those affected by the attacks.
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Erection of Apostolic Exarchate in Canada

Pope Francis has erected the Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malabar in Canada. He has appointed Fr. Jose Kalluvelil to be its first Exarch, assigning him the titular of Tabalta.
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New bishop in India

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Antony Prince Panengaden to be bishop of the eparchy of Adilabad of the Syro-Malabar (India). His appointment comes after the resignation of Msgr. Joseph Kunnath.

Pope Francis listed as candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize

2014-03-05

Pope Francis was shortlisted for a Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Institute in Norway announced his name is one of 278 candidates total.

In his public appearances, Pope Francis constantly makes repeated calls for peace. But perhaps his best known gesture was the prayer vigil for peace in Syria. Thousands responded to his plea and packed St. Peter's Square.

Other big names on the list include Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two met in November, though it was before the breakout of tensions in Ukraine.

The 278 candidates are made up of individuals, as well as institutions. Other recognizable names on the list are Edward Snowden, and young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

In the coming months, the Nobel Committee will narrow down the list, and scrutinize the candidates between March and August. They'll announce the winner in October. If awarded, Pope Francis would be the first Pope ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.


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