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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.

Westminster cardinal will host second human trafficking workshop in Rome


He's been cardinal for a few weeks, but already Westminster Archbishop Vincent Nichols plays a key role in the Vatican's fight against human trafficking.

After a successful event in November 2013, Card. Nichols will host the second workshop on human trafficking, from April 9-10, at the Vatican. This time, the focus is on prosecution.

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"It is about practical collaboration between the Church on the ground and the law enforcement agencies in the fight against human trafficking. So this conference is based in a way on the work that we've been doing in London for about the last three years.”

To highlight cooperation, some 20 chiefs from police forces around the world are expected to attend, including the chiefs of Interpol, as well as those from Brazil, Australia and India, among others.

Card. Nichols said in his experience, the Church provides not just a refuge for victims, but a safe place for them to talk, and denounce their traffickers. 

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"Here, there are very helpless victims, and by attending to them and their needs, we can actually make a huge contribution, with the police, to the tackling of this problem.”

The workshop will also look at other areas where the Church can improve, particularly with raising awareness and the reintegration of human trafficking victims into society.

To cap off their work, Card. Nichols said that on the second day, the workshop participants will meet with Pope Francis for a private audience.