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Christian missionary kidnapped by al Qaeda appears in video

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Pope Francis will travel to Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

January 25, 2016. Pope Francis intends to participate in a joint ceremony of the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, scheduled to take place in Lund, Sweden on Monday October 31, 2016.
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New decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

January 22, 2016. On January 21, Pope Francis authored the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to publish the following decrees: - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Polish Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus Mary. (1631 - 1701) - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Argentine Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero. (1840 - 1914) - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Mexican Blessed layman and martyr José Sánchez del Río. (1913 - 1928) - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Italian Servant of God Francesco Maria Greco. (1857 - 1931) - The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Italian Servant of God Elisabetta Sanna. (1788 - 1857) - The martyrdom of the German Servant of God Engelmar Unzeitig. (1911 - 1945) - The martyrdom of the Spanish Servant of God Fr. Genaro Fueyo Castañón and three lay partners in 1936. - The martyrdom of the Japanese Servant of God Justo Takayama Ukon. (1552-1553) - The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Arsenio da Trigolo. (1849 - 1909) - The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Maria Luisa Blessed Sacrament. (1826-1886)
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Pope Francis will visit the Mosque of Rome on January 27

January 19, 2016. The Imam, Izzedin Elzir, announced that the Pope will visit the Grand Mosque of Rome on the 27th of January.

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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