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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.

What's in a Papal Shield? A look into the art of designing a 'Coat of Arms'


These designs are much more than just designs. They're full of symbolism and they're also  essential when it comes to making a Papal shield

That's why Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza de  Montezemolo published a manual that makes it all easier to understand, including the language that's used when making a Pope's Coat of Arms. 

Author, "Manual de Heráldica Eclesiástica”
"I decided to include some information to help out those who want to design a coat of arms, so that it's carried out correctly. With the appropriate language and techniques.” 

It's a topic he knows all too well. The Cardinal designed Benedict XVI's coat of arms. He said he  showed the Pope eight sketches, eventually he chose the one that looked just right. 

Even though Benedict XVI is a conservative, as Pope he was actually the first to alter part of the tradition. He opted for a mitre, instead of a tiara and he added the pallium. 

Author, "Manual de Heráldica Eclesiástica”
"Yes, I did it. He called me and asked me to do it. So we looked into it very carefully.”

When Benedict XVI resigned, he thought it would be a good idea to change the design, for one that suited his new role as the Pope Emeritus. 

He thanked him for the gesture, but in the end he refused any alterations, keeping instead the design he had during his pontificate. 

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