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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.

Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez Kirchner visits Pope with sprained ankle


"They're Italian kids, yelling.”


The Pope was outside his Vatican residence, when he heard an unexpected greeting from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Usually the Pope meets with Heads of State in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. But on Monday, he decided to meet with Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, at his Santa Marta residence.


She arrived a bit late and with a sprained ankle.

President of Argentina

"How are you? Is everything good?”




 "I see you have a stiff foot.”

Kirchner told reporters she sprained her ankle the night before, walking around the hotel.


She came to Rome to congratulate the Pope on the first year of his pontificate. It's the third time they've met. The first was just a day before the Pope's Inauguration Mass last year,  and then in the summer during World Youth Day in Brazil.


At the meeting she introduced her delegation.


President of Argentina

"This doctor is helping me with my foot.” 




Argentinian president was very talkative. Among the gifts she gave the Pope was a painting made out of wine.





President of Argentina

"It's St. Rose of Lima, mother of Americas, painted with Malbec wine from Argentina.”




The Pope gave her a medallion of St. Martin and a copy of his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelli Gaudium.





President of Argentina

"I love it. It has some very striking paragraphs.”





After greeting the president's delegation, Pope Francis had a private lunch with Kirchner at the residence.