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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.

Spain's King and Queen meet with Pope Francis


Pope Francis briefly greeted the Spanish monarchs at the end of the canonization ceremony on Sunday. But on Monday morning, he met with the royal couple for almost an hour. It's been the Pope's longest private audience to date.

 "Good morning, Your Majesty. How are you?”
"Pleased to meet you, Your Holiness.”
"Thank you for yesterday.”

"Beautiful ceremony yesterday!”
"Yes, very beautiful.”

"Like the Benedictines say: 'To welcome a guest is to welcome Christ.'”
"Congratulations on everything you're doing.”

Their private audience lasted 53 minutes. They talked about topics like the social consequences of youth unemployment, and the conflict in Ukraine.

As a gift, the Spanish monarchs gave Pope Francis an edition of the complete works of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. In a way these items were a symbolic invitation for the Pope to visit Spain in 2015, to mark the birth of St. Teresa.

The Pope gave the couple a bas-relief of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's original design for St. Peter's Square, which included a third row of columns.

After exchanging gifts, Pope Francis greeted the Spanish delegation, and even joked with the foreign mister.

"I'm an alum of a Jesuit school.”
"You carry the virus then...”

The Pope walked them out as they left, but he asked that they pass along a message to the rest of royal family.

"Greet your children and grandchildren.”

During their visit to the Vatican, the Spanish king and queen met with the Secretary of Sate Pietro Parolin. They gave him a replica of a catechism volume written in an indigenous language, which Card. Parolin appreciated greatly.  

King Juan Carlos has met seven Popes. He was baptized by Pius XII and John XXIII gave him the clearance to marry Sofia, from Greece, who was then Orthodox. Paul VI welcomed him after his reign began; and they also met John Paul I.

The king and John Paul II had a great friendship. He also met three times with Benedict XVI during his eight year pontificate.

This was the first meeting between the king and Pope Francis.

- BN