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Vatican releases statement on revelations by gay prelate

October 3, 2015. With regard to the declarations and interview given by Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa it should be observed that, notwithstanding the respect due to the events and personal situations, and reflections on the issue, the decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the Synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the Synod assembly to undue media pressure. Msgr. Charamsa will certainly be unable to continue to carry out his previous work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical universities, while the other aspects of his situation shall remain the competence of his diocesan Ordinary.
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Vatican releases statement on Popes meeting with Kim Davis

October 2, 2015. The Vatican’s press office has released a statement regarding the Pope’s greeting of Kim Davis, the County Clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to same sex couples. The Vatican confirms the greeting took place in the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington D.C. The statement adds: ‘The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family. The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.’

Pope Francis recognizes five Spanish martyrs and opens the way for seven to be beatified

Pope Francis has signed eight decrees for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. There are five new martyrs from Spain, who were killed because of hatred against the faith, and seven decrees recognizing heroic virtues. By recognizing heroic virtues, the Pope declares that the candidate for beatification has lived the Christian virtues in an exemplary manner. It is the pre-beatification step. The decrees refer to:

Chinese foreign ministry responds to Pope Francis

September 30, 2015. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said, "China is sincere about improving relations with the Vatican and has made consistent efforts.” It was a response to the Popes recent remark that he would like to visit Chinese and he hopes "the possibility to have good relations exists.”
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Pope Francis met with victims of sexual abuse in Philadelphia

September 27, 2015. Pope Francis met with five people who were sexually abused as children by priests, family and teachers (three women and two men). He listened to their stories and spoke with them for about 30 minutes. According to a Vatican spokesman, he "prayed with them and expressed his solidarity in sharing their suffering, as well as his own pain and shame in especially in the case of injury caused them by clergy or church workers.”
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September 15, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. James Vann Johnston, as the new Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Up until know, Bishop Johnston he had served in Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

Secretary of John Paul II: “He was like a father to us”


Back in the 80's, Congolese Monsignor Emery Kabongo was working at the Vatican's Secretariat of State when he got a call from John Paul II

Personal Secretary of John Paul II (1982-1987)
"My first memory of John Paul II was when he appointed me as his personal secretary, so that I could help his first secretary, Stanislaw Dziwisz. I didn't write a letter or ask for an appointment.  That's why I thank him for his Catholic mentality and for thinking that an African would be a good secretary.” 

He worked side by side with John Paul II from 1982 to 1987, traveling alongside the Pope in all his international trips. Monsignor Kabongo says there's one trip in particular that he will always remember. 

Personal Secretary of John Paul II (1982-1987)
"During his trip to Colombia I got sick and I just remember waking up in the bed that had been prepared just in case the Pope didn't feel well. Especially since he could have trouble with the altitude. So the doctors took me to that room and I asked myself: 'How is it that I'm here?' It turns out it was John Paul II who asked them to put me in a safe place so that I could recover, and I stayed there for two days.” 

He acknowledges that working for John Paul II was quite demanding and rewarding: the Pope, he says, would always stay close to his collaborators. 

Personal Secretary of John Paul II (1982-1987)
"He was like a father, for me and for the rest of the team. He never yelled or raised his voice at us-never.” 

Monsignor Kabongo is one of the people who shared their testimony in a book titled "Accanto Giovanni Paolo II.” It also features an interview where Benedict XVI talks about his relationship with the future saint.