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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.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan reveals his communication strategy


How can the Church improve its communication? This was the focus of a talk given by Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Rome’s Santa Croce University. It's part of a communication conference, meant to sharpen the skills of journalists.






Cardinal Dolan is known as a charismatic Cardinal. In fact, as Pope, Benedict XVI invited him to give a lecture to his fellow cardinals, on evangelizing in today's modern world.





A good reminder, he said,  for all Catholic communication professionals, is to always give the story first, before the mass media, be it good news or bad.





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"What we hear over and over again, is that people want and expect utter honesty from the Church. Our people want to hear about it first from us and not from the media."

When confronted with a so called 'gotcha' question, he says, not falling into the slippery slope is essential. Availability is always key.



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"The vast majority of reporters are only looking for access, availability and information. If we don't give it, they'll look elsewhere and they often turn to those who do want to criticize and attack the Church, so we can't afford to hide from them, or run from them and we should never want to.”





When it comes to information, like it or not, he says, most Catholics get the news from the secular media. He says he's made it a point, to not always talk about technicalities or logistics in his interviews.  He says, Pope Francis is a great example.





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"He's a shrewd man. He says, how do we get the message out. He can stand at his window and talk and he says I can probably reach more people than the hundred thousand in the square if I tweet a message. He's very shrewd, very savvy, he's what we need. Never ever, pass an opportunity to speak the truth and talk about Jesus.”





The conference titled Church Communications: Creative Strategies for Promoting Cultural Change will run until Tuesday April 30th.