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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.
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It’s official: Pope confirms trip to Kenya!

September 4, 2015. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Kenya for two days starting on November 25th. The president of Kenya’s Episcopal Conference, Msgr. Philip Anyolo, confirmed the news through a signed letter. During his visit, the Pope plans to meet with priests, religious and UN representatives. He also wants to visit local slums. As part of this African visit, the Pope will also visit Uganda and the Central African Republic.

Green Scholar Initiative of the Museum of the Bible and American Bible Society hold Vatican conference on roots of the Bible


Understanding the history of the Bible isn't simple. It's the most published book in history and it's been translated into more than 2,000 languages, which makes variations inevitable. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
"When we read a modern translation, we don't realize but it's the result of many many choices that are made by the translators: which texts they will use, which text they will follow.” 

Fr. Stephen Pisano is from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Centuries ago, he says,  translations of the Gospel, sometimes turned into competitions. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
"Erasmus was the first person to come out with the printed edition of the New Testament in Greek in 1516. There was sort of a contest between him and group of people working in Spain to see who could get the first edition out and he won.”

He says the writing of the Scriptures can be divided into three stages: events, recollection of those who knew or heard about Jesus and then publication. 

Pope Francis has been quite vocal about the importance of reading the Bible every day. He even offered thousands of pocket sized Gospel books to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. He says first and foremost, it's the main responsibility of every Christian to understand the Word of God. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
"The first importance of the Gospel is to come into contact with Jesus, to get to know Him. You come to see more and more, who this Person was, how He thought, how He reacted in different situations.” 
Throughout the month of May, a number of talks on the Bible, will take place just steps away from the Vatican. Titled 'The Bible to the World,' it's sponsored by the Green Scholar Initiative and it's meat to trigger an understanding about the roots of the Bible and its modern day relevance. 

Upcoming conferences: 

Speaker Series at the Vatican
The Bible to the World
April 30–June 3, 2014

Tuesday, May 6 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Jerry Pattengale, The Green Scholars Initiative, and Mr. Cary Summers, Museum of the Bible
"Recent Developments of the Green Collection, the Green Scholars Initiative and the Museum of the Bible”
 The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas Institute Fondazione (Sede secondaria, Italia)
Largo della Sanità Militare, 60-Roma 00184, Italia

Thursday, May 8 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University
"Perspectives from North Africa: St. Augustine on the Beauty of the Cross”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Thursday, May 15 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Nuria Calduch-Benages, Pontifical Gregorian University
"The City as Mater Dolorosa”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Thursday, May 22 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Michelle Brown, University of London
"From Sinai to Scotland—via Rome: the Lindisfarne Gospels and the reception of Logos in Early Christian Europe”
Response from Father Justin, St. Catherine’s Monastery
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Tuesday, June 3 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Peter Williams, Tyndale House, Cambridge
"Pre-Islamic Bible Translation in the Levant”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Emcees for sessions:
 Dr. Valdo Bertalot, Bible Society in Italy
Dr. Jerry Pattengale, Green Scholars Initiative & Indiana Wesleyan University

Sponsor for sessions:
Green Scholar Initiative

Host for sessions:
American Bible Society
Bible Society in Italy

 This series is being held in conjunction with the Verbum Domini II exhibit, Braccio di Carlo Magno Museum
St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Italy, 2 April 2014–22 June 2014