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Ex-Nuncio to Dominican Republic, accused of sexual abuse, found dead

August 28, 2015. The Vatican has issued a statement saying that ex-Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic Józef Wesolowski was found dead in his room this morning. He is believed to have died of natural causes, according the Vatican authorities. A Vatican prosecutor has asked that an autopsy be performed today. The statement further specifies that the results will be announced as soon as possible and that Pope Francis has been informed of the situation.
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Pope Francis sends a message to organizers and participants of the Rimini Meeting

August 19, 2015. On the occasion of the 36th edition of the Rimini Meeting, Pope Francis sent a message to participants and organizers through Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. He told them that the void we sometimes feel in our hearts reminds us that we are called to great things. The event is also known as "the Meeting for friendship among peoples,” and it is organized by the Communion and Liberation movement. During the meeting shows, conferences, exhibitions and sporting events are organized.
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Pope Francis “deeply saddened” by the tragedy in Bangkok

August 19, 2015. Pope Francis is "deeply saddened” by the terrorist attack in Bangkok, which killed at least 20 people, according to the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. In a telegram sent to the King of Thailand on behalf of the Pope, the cardinal said Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and his closeness to all those affected by the attacks.
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Erection of Apostolic Exarchate in Canada

Pope Francis has erected the Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malabar in Canada. He has appointed Fr. Jose Kalluvelil to be its first Exarch, assigning him the titular of Tabalta.
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New bishop in India

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Antony Prince Panengaden to be bishop of the eparchy of Adilabad of the Syro-Malabar (India). His appointment comes after the resignation of Msgr. Joseph Kunnath.

Vatican delegation to meet with UN Committee on Torture

2014-05-02

The United Nations Committee against Torture will meet with a Vatican delegation, in Geneva, starting on Monday May 5th

As part of the statues, member states are required to respond and defend their own record on torture. But more than likely, the UN panel will raise sex abuse allegations by clergy, including what the Holy See has done to stop other nations from engaging in torture and human right violations. 

Through a statement, the Vatican's spokesperson, Fr. Federico Lombardi, said the hearing is part of a normal procedure, adding that the Holy See is not required to go, but it will do willingly

The UN panel is comprised by a group of experts, who include representatives from ten nations, including the United States and China

Back in February, the Holy See had a hearing before a UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The panel asked the Church to immediately remove all clergy accused of abuse. However,  it was described by some in the Church as a 'missed opportunity' since the UN panel also recommended the Church change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality

The Convention against Torture was created in 1984. The Holy See became a  member state in the year 2002. It presented its first report before the UN council in December 2012.


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