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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.

John Paul II boasts one of the longest pontificates in history, and a long list of accomplishments. There are hundreds of books written about his life and views, but not many for children. "The life of John Paul II,” attempts to fill this void. 

Author, "The Life of John Paul II”
"It's a love story. It's a love story between John Paul II, the blessed John Paul II and humanity.” 

The book and illustrations depict 33 different stages in his life, from birth to his canonization. It also addresses tough moments in his life, like the death of his mother and his assassination attempt. But the biggest focus is on the message and legacy John Paul II left behind. 

Kite Publishing (Malta)
"There's the message of love, the message of forgiveness, which is given to children in an easy way for them to understand.”

The book is geared to kids ages 8-10. But it's no coincidence. These are the children that were born after John Paul II passed away.

Kite Publishing (Malta)
"It is a pity if, John Paul II's message, there weren't all the efforts done so that his message would continue to be passed on from generation to generation.” 

In addition to the stories on John Paul II's life, the book also include a preface and reflections from some of his closest collaborators, like his secretary Msgr. Alfred Xuereb.

Author, "The Life of John Paul II”
"I wanted to pass the message to children not only of my pen, but of people, of collaborators that used to work side by side with the Pope.” 

With the focus on his message, the publishers decided to make the book accessible price wise. After its initial launch in Maltese, publishers issued a second edition in English, but are looking into other languages as well.