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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 Shimon Peres: Protect the sanctity of the Holy Places and its pilgrims


These sick children had asked to see the Pope, and so they welcomed him at the entrance to the home of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Pope Francis greeted each one of them.

Once inside, the president gave the Pope a mosaic representing peace, designed by disabled children from Galilee.

Meanwhile the Pontiff gave him a bas-relief of the historic embrace 50 years ago, between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, which ended a millennium of division.

"Peace is a product of fantasy and inspiration, and you have brought both. We need it.”

"Blessed be who enters the house of a wise and good man. And I feel blessed.”

The two then planted an olive tree at the president's garden, where they took a stroll.

"I know you have a great affection for nature.”

"It is a problem that we have to face, the stewardship of Creation.”

As a surprise, the chief executive presented a choir of boys and girls from several religions, that performed a unique interpretation of Hallelujah.

The performance also included a famous Argentine folk song.

In his speech, Shimon Peres said he wanted to see Jews, Muslims and Christians living together, and that the key was in achieving peace.

"You have come as a pilgrim and opened a door as a pilgrim of peace.”

In his remarks, the Pope recalled that Jerusalem means "city of peace.” He asked for the protection of the Holy Places and the pilgrims from the three major religions in the region.

"The Holy Places are not monuments or museums for tourists, but places where communities of believers daily express their faith and culture, and carry out their works of charity. Precisely for this reason, their sacred character must be perpetually maintained and protection given not only to the legacy of the past but also to all those who visit these sites today and to those who will visit them in the future. May Jerusalem be truly the City of Peace!”

At the end of their audience, the two leaders greeted an ill boy and his family. Shimon Peres escorted the Pope to his car. Before taking off, Pope Francis asked the president once again to pray for him.

- BN