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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.

Recorded in History: Conclave's White Smoke recorded on cell phones

2014-03-13

Millions of people from around the world saw this moment on their tv sets, but a much smaller group actually saw it unfold directly in St. Peter's Square

So with the cold and rain and plenty of cell phones, it's no surprise people started recording that special moment with their hand phones. 

Perhaps the best way to describe the moment was excitement

Even with all that chaos roaming around, some people stayed calm and tried to get the best shot, even zooming in every now and then to get the right image. 

With people from all over the world, pilgrims weren't shy about sharing where they were  from

Combined with all the umbrellas, there were plenty of flags

But for some it was all about soaking it the moment, right then and there. Finding the right words in such a historic moment isn't always easy. 

"Oh , my God”.

"This is incredible”.

When the excitement is enough, knowing the name of the Pope can wait. 

"Habemus Papam! Habemus Papam!”

Once the white smoke emerged from the roof of the Sistine Chapel, visitors waited for about an hour to meet the new Pope. 

Even though Pope Francis was addressing the entire world that night, it was this relatively small group that he directly talked to.  


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