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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.
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It’s official: Pope confirms trip to Kenya!

September 4, 2015. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Kenya for two days starting on November 25th. The president of Kenya’s Episcopal Conference, Msgr. Philip Anyolo, confirmed the news through a signed letter. During his visit, the Pope plans to meet with priests, religious and UN representatives. He also wants to visit local slums. As part of this African visit, the Pope will also visit Uganda and the Central African Republic.


Worldwide there are an estimated 413,000 Catholic priests, which begs the question, what's it really like to be a priest? And most importantly, are they happy? 

Why Priests are Happy, Author 0018yoo.avi @10 03 "Every study that’s been done, again and again, not just by people in the Church but by secular people toothe happiness rate is very  high, about 90 percent and actually they are higher than the laity.”

In his book, 'Why Priests are Happy' Msgr. Stephen Rossetti did his own research. He's been a priest for almost 30 years. He's also a licensed psychologist, professor and he even served in the U.S Air Force back in the 70's. He says the link between the priesthood and happiness is pretty straight forward. 

Why Priests are Happy, Author  0018yoo.avi @ 01 25...48 "The priesthood has all the essentials of a happy life for anybody. First of all, people with faith tend to be happier people, contrary to the atheist notion, faith helps you, it gives you a sense of meaning and purpose and it helps you bring God into your life.” 
The list also includes being social and part of a community where one can  freely live out the faith. He says this is essential and it's something seminarians and priests alike need to keep in mind. 

Why Priests are Happy, Author  0018yoo.avi @ 04 00....10 "Can the priest make relationships, Can he make friends, can he build a community of faith? Priests today need to be as John Paul II called them, men of communion.”

But a happy life doesn't mean a life without any challenges. Just like any vocation in life, it has its ups and downs. But Rossetti says the negative image that's portrayed by the secular media, is just not accurate. 

Why Priests are Happy, Author 0018yoo.avi @ 01 00...09 "Unfortunately a lot of the public coverage of priesthood makes it sound like it’s this negative, unhappy, isolated, dysfunctional, but it’s just not true.”