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Vatican condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France that has killed at least 84 people

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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

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Vatileaks 2: Two main defendants condemned. Both journalists and Vallejo's secretary acquitted.

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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.

Excitement and lots of emotion following canonization of two Popes

2014-04-28

John Paul II and John XXIII are now saints. Pope Francis elevated them to the altars before hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.

"For us, it's been wonderful, truly wonderful to be here during this historic moment for the Church.”

"We felt lots of joy, lots of happiness, tranquility, and comforted by our faith.”

"Never in my life, I've had this excitement, a very very overwhelming feeling.”

Once the ceremony ended, Pope Francis boarded his Popemobile and greeted pilgrims in the Square, and neighboring Via della Conciliazione. It only added to overall excitement of the event.

"I was about 80 feet from the Holy Father. I love it. It's been a unique experience.”

"I got goosebumps, I'm telling you. For me it was very important.”

Though wariness showed on some of their faces, their elation and emotion won out. Few even continued singing and celebrating, hours after the event.

"We slept what we could, but we're not tired now.”

"Good spirits keep you fresh, they keep you awake. Not tired, just a bit sleepy.”

But that wasn't the case with everyone. After waiting for so long, several pilgrims gave in to hunger and fatigue.

"We want to eat and sleep a little.”

Now that the event is over, St. Peter's Square will slowly get back to normal. Pilgrims will return back home, having lived through a unique experience in the history of the Church. 


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