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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.

The miracle cure for Floribeth Mora paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II. The 50-year-old Costa Rican woman was cured, without scientific explanation, from an irreversible brain aneurysm. She has no doubt that John Paul II cured her.

In April 2011, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.

In May, Flory, as her friends call her, saw the beatification of John Paul II on television. The next day, something unexpected happened.

FLORIBETH MORA
"From the emptiness of my room, I heard a voice that told me: 'Get up.' I got up, I walked into the kitchen where my husband was and he says: 'What are you doing?' I said: 'I feel fine.'”

Months later, the doctors confirmed her inexplicable cure. Afterward, Flory shared her story online. At that point the postulator for Karol Wojtyla began looking into her case.

MSGR. SLAWOMIR ODER
Postulator, Sainthood cause of John Paul II 
"It was something that, like the doctors said, could have been considered a growth, a part of the body that had been cut. Because, in reality, what happened inside her brain, where there had been an aneurysm, the way it had developed, evolved, it makes us think of restitutio integrum. In other words, the total disappearance, the restoration to how it was before the sickness developed. There was no trace of the cause of the woman's suffering.”

Slawomir Oder said that what convinced him about her testimony was that Floribeth never sought out attention.

MSGR. SLAWOMIR ODER
Postulator, Sainthood cause of John Paul II 
"Her healing is an answer of God's Providence, through the intercession of John Paul II, to the prayer of a mother who prayed so that her family, her husband, her children, her grandchildren, wouldn't be left without the presence of their mother, wife and grandmother.”

These days, Floribeth Mora is preparing for her trip to Rome on April 27. She will hand Pope Francis the relics of John Paul II, during his canonization ceremony.


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