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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.

Pope to meet with Council for the Protection of Minors and the Council for the Economy


The Pope's advisory committee, also known as the G8, has finished its fourth series of meetings with the Pope. The group is looking at how it can reform the Roman Curia and ultimately, the management of the Church

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"Now that they've finished their report on the Vatican's Pontifical Councils, they're now focusing on their next meeting which will take place from  July 1st to the 4th.” 

In their three day meeting, the Council of Cardinals also discussed the coming Synod on the Family, with its Secretary General, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri

They met with Joseph Zahra, who serves as the President of the Vatican new Council for the Economy. 

As far as setting the Curia reforms in motion, the Vatican announced that no new measures will be implemented until 2015. In the meantime, two very important meetings will take place this very week. 

Vatican Spokesman
"On Friday the Council for the Economy will meet all day. This new council includes eight cardinals and seven lay people. From Thursday to Saturday, the Council for the Protection of Minors will meet for the first time, at Casa Santa Marta.” 

According to the Vatican's spokesperson, the council will use these meetings to set their statutes and regulations. Pope Francis will greet the members of both councils, at the start of their meetings. 

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