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Vaticaleaks-2: Court charged five people for “procuring and revealing” confidential material
November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
New archbishop in Barcelona (Spain)
November 6, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach as Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain). He has named Monsignor Juan Jose Omella in his place. He was until now Bishop of the Diocese of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño.
Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.
New bishop in France
October 30, 2015. Pope Francis has named Renauld de Dinechin bishop of Soissons. Until now he was the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Paris.
New bishop in Spain
October 30, 2015. PopeFrancis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Burgos,Francisco Gil Hellin. He has named in his place Fidel Herraez Vegas,who has been an auxiliary bishop of Madrid since 1996.

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.





Archbishop of New York

"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.



Archbishop of New York

"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.





Archbishop of New York

"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.