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Vaticaleaks-2: Court charged five people for “procuring and revealing” confidential material
November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
New archbishop in Barcelona (Spain)
November 6, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach as Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain). He has named Monsignor Juan Jose Omella in his place. He was until now Bishop of the Diocese of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño.
Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.
New bishop in France
October 30, 2015. Pope Francis has named Renauld de Dinechin bishop of Soissons. Until now he was the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Paris.
New bishop in Spain
October 30, 2015. PopeFrancis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Burgos,Francisco Gil Hellin. He has named in his place Fidel Herraez Vegas,who has been an auxiliary bishop of Madrid since 1996.
New archbishops in Italy
October 27, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Matteo Maria Zuppi, who was auxiliary bishop of Rome, to be the Archbishop of Bologna (Italy). He takes the place of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. Also, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice has been appointed Archbishop of Palermo (Italy). He succeeds Cardinal Paolo Romeo.
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Pope Francis"deeply affected" by the earthquake that shook Afghanistan and Pakistán
October 27, 2015. The Secretary of State Pietro Parolin telegraphed the nuncio in Pakistan on behalf of Pope Francis. Full text of the message: "His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the earthquake in the region. He expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this disaster, and he offers the assurance of his prayers for the dead, as well as for the injured and those still missing. Upon all those who mourn the loss of loved ones and upon the civil authorities and emergency personnel involved in the relief efforts, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.”

Cardinal Sandri asks for generosity in the collection for the Holy Land


It's the land in where Jesus lived, preached, died... and rose again. But the birthplace of Christianity is running out of Christians, and gradually gets closer to becoming what Pope Paul VI called a "museum of stones.” To avoid that, every year the Catholic Church dedicates the collection on Good Friday to protect the Holy Places, and its population. In particular, it aims to improve the lives of Christians living in the land of Jesus.

Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches
"Among the recipients, I would like to highlight, especially at this time, the institute for deaf people called 'Effetá,' which is in Bethlehem and was created by Paul VI during his visit to the Holy Land in 1964, 50 years ago. FLASH. Also, Bethlehem University, run by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. It's open to everyone, not only Christians, but to all people.”

The main goal of initiatives like these is to promote progress in the area, as well as to encourage Christians to stay in the Holy Land. For Cardinal Sandri, if Christians had the chance to move freely in the area, and to visit the Holy Places regularly, their faith would strengthen.

Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches
"The greatest hardships are sometimes related to the topic of mobility, access to the Holy Places, without problems. FLASH I think reasonable safety measures must go hand in hand with greater freedom of movement for everyone. And I think that would be very important so that the country is not divided.”

Among these hardships, there are signs of hope. The main one is Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the Holy Land in May.

Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches
"Visits like the Pope's are always a call to reconciliation and peace.” FLASH "They're looking forward to it, as if it were a visit from their father. He is a father, of course, but mostly, a friend; someone who brings the consolation of God and His peace to Jerusalem and the world.”

The Pope will travel to the Holy Land from May 24 to 26. He will visit Amman, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, where he'll go to a refugee camp and will have lunch with Palestinian families.