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Ex-Nuncio to Dominican Republic, accused of sexual abuse, found dead

August 28, 2015. The Vatican has issued a statement saying that ex-Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic Józef Wesolowski was found dead in his room this morning. He is believed to have died of natural causes, according the Vatican authorities. A Vatican prosecutor has asked that an autopsy be performed today. The statement further specifies that the results will be announced as soon as possible and that Pope Francis has been informed of the situation.
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Pope Francis sends a message to organizers and participants of the Rimini Meeting

August 19, 2015. On the occasion of the 36th edition of the Rimini Meeting, Pope Francis sent a message to participants and organizers through Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. He told them that the void we sometimes feel in our hearts reminds us that we are called to great things. The event is also known as "the Meeting for friendship among peoples,” and it is organized by the Communion and Liberation movement. During the meeting shows, conferences, exhibitions and sporting events are organized.
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Pope Francis “deeply saddened” by the tragedy in Bangkok

August 19, 2015. Pope Francis is "deeply saddened” by the terrorist attack in Bangkok, which killed at least 20 people, according to the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. In a telegram sent to the King of Thailand on behalf of the Pope, the cardinal said Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and his closeness to all those affected by the attacks.
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Erection of Apostolic Exarchate in Canada

Pope Francis has erected the Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malabar in Canada. He has appointed Fr. Jose Kalluvelil to be its first Exarch, assigning him the titular of Tabalta.
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New bishop in India

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Antony Prince Panengaden to be bishop of the eparchy of Adilabad of the Syro-Malabar (India). His appointment comes after the resignation of Msgr. Joseph Kunnath.

Vatican asks for a fair distribution of energy

2014-04-20

One out of five people, don't have access to electricity. About 250 million people still depend on wood and coal for energy and heat. 

The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace published a new document that shows how a fair distribution of natural resources can help developing countries. It's titled "Energy, Justice and Peace.”

CARD. PETER TURKSON
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
"This is an attempt not to be prescriptive with any solutions about energy, because we are not experts. But the Church recognizes that we can always provide some support, some direction, some inspiration to all human endeavors, including science and research.”

The document talks about energy as a common good: a gift God gave to all mankind to be enjoyed by all. Failing to distribute it fairly, can have dangerous consequences. 

CARD. PETER TURKSON
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
"Because energy underlies a whole lot of aspects of human society and human life, it can be a source of conflict, it can be a source of war, it can be a source of development, it can a source of under-development, it can be a source of oppression.”

With this document, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is taking concrete steps to echo Pope Francis' call to respect mother nature and to help those in the outskirts of society.


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