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Pope sends his condolences for the passing of Carmen Hernández

July 21, 2016. Pope Francis sent a message to Kiko Argüello after the passing of Carmen Hernández. He said he was close in spirit to her family and everyone involved with the Neocatechumenal Way, a itinerary of faith which she started, and also to the people who witnessed and appreciated her apostolic work, one of permanent education in faith. The Pope also thanked Hernández's testimony of faith and prays that "the Divine Goodness” welcomes her into the joy of eternal rest and that those involved in the Neochatecumenal Way keep the flame of her evangelizing spirit alive.
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Vatican condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France that has killed at least 84 people

July 15, 2016. The terrorist used a large truck to plough through a crowd during the Bastille day celebration.
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Pope sends condolences for the victims of Italian train accident

July 12, 2016. Pope Francis sent a telegram with his condolences for the victims of the train accident that occurred in southern Italy. The Pope says he shares the pain of the families affected by this tragic incident, which resulted in at least 20 deaths and more than 50 wounded. Pope Francis prays for the dead and for the speedy recovery of the injured.
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Pope approves martyrdom of laic that refused to enroll in the SS, and of other future saints

July 8, 2016. The Pope has approved the enactment of several decrees for causes of beatification. (Continue reading)
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Vatileaks 2: Two main defendants condemned. Both journalists and Vallejo's secretary acquitted.

July 7, 2016. Fr. Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the Vatileaks case. The Vatican Tribunal also condemned his main collaborator, Francesca Chaouqui, to 10 months in prison, with a five-year suspended application of the sentence. The third person involved, Nicola Maio, has been completely cleared of all charges. Citing freedom of press, the court says it does not have jurisdiction over and is unable to prosecute the two journalists who obtained classified information, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.
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Vatileaks II: Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui's defense ask for acquittal on all charges

July 5, 2016. The lawyers for the two main defendants, Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, have called for an acquittal on all charges after the prosecutors petitioned for the sentencing of both accused. The Spanish priest was accused of conspiracy and disclosing classified documents while Francesca Chaouqui, is considered the main conspirator of the events that eventually unfolded. On Wednesday, the lawyers for the other three defendants Nicola Maio, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi will present their findings.
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New archbishop in Dominican Republic

July 4, 2016. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) due to his age. The Pope has appointed in his place Bishop Francisco Ozoria Acosta. Pope Francis has also accepted a resignation from the auxiliary bishop of the same archdiocese, Monsignor Amancio Escapa Aparicio, because of his age as well.
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Pope Francis appoints new auxiliary bishops in Paris and Valencia, Spain

June 27, 2016. Pope Francis has appointed Denis Jachiet and Thibault Verny as the new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Paris. Arturo Pablo Ros has also been appointed as the new auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain. More:
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Today's schedule for Pope's trip to Armenia

June 26, 2016. At 7:15 a.m. Rome Time - 9:15 a.m. Local Time - Meeting with Armenian Catholic bishops in Echmiadzin.

What's expected from the Pope's visit to South Korea?

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Pope Francis has officially announced that he will visit South Korea in August. It will be for Asian Youth Day, where thousands of young adults from that very country, will come together to learn more about their faith and how to live it on a daily basis. 

FR. DON JONG-SU JOHN KIM
Rector, Pontifical Korean College (Rome) 
"It's not easy for Koreans to find stability right now or even employment. So even though not all of them may go to church, they're all looking for a role model and a Church that understands them.” 

About 10 percent of the population is Catholic, making it the third most popular faith in South Korea. First is Buddhism, followed by protestant denominations. Fr. Kim says all of them are eager to welcome Pope Francis for the first time. 

FR. DON JONG-SU JOHN KIM
Rector, Pontifical Korean College (Rome) 
"Korea is looking forward to this visit. In fact, Koreans are hoping he will promote peace and justice in the country, but also internationally between North and South Korea.” 

As part of the visit, the Pope will preside over the beatification ceremony of South Korea's first martyr, Pablo Yun Ji -chung. He will be beatified along with 123 of his late colleagues who gave their life for their faith. 

FR. DON JONG-SU JOHN KIM
Rector, Pontifical Korean College (Rome)
"They first introduced Catholicism in Korea because they thought it was a type of Western science, or topic, so to speak. But once they started studying it, they found their faith.” 

In the past 25 years,  the number of Catholics in South Korea has increased from three million to roughly five million people. 


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