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Pope sends his condolences for the passing of Carmen Hernández

July 21, 2016. Pope Francis sent a message to Kiko Argüello after the passing of Carmen Hernández. He said he was close in spirit to her family and everyone involved with the Neocatechumenal Way, a itinerary of faith which she started, and also to the people who witnessed and appreciated her apostolic work, one of permanent education in faith. The Pope also thanked Hernández's testimony of faith and prays that "the Divine Goodness” welcomes her into the joy of eternal rest and that those involved in the Neochatecumenal Way keep the flame of her evangelizing spirit alive.
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Vatican condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France that has killed at least 84 people

July 15, 2016. The terrorist used a large truck to plough through a crowd during the Bastille day celebration.
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Pope sends condolences for the victims of Italian train accident

July 12, 2016. Pope Francis sent a telegram with his condolences for the victims of the train accident that occurred in southern Italy. The Pope says he shares the pain of the families affected by this tragic incident, which resulted in at least 20 deaths and more than 50 wounded. Pope Francis prays for the dead and for the speedy recovery of the injured.
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Pope approves martyrdom of laic that refused to enroll in the SS, and of other future saints

July 8, 2016. The Pope has approved the enactment of several decrees for causes of beatification. (Continue reading)
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Vatileaks 2: Two main defendants condemned. Both journalists and Vallejo's secretary acquitted.

July 7, 2016. Fr. Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the Vatileaks case. The Vatican Tribunal also condemned his main collaborator, Francesca Chaouqui, to 10 months in prison, with a five-year suspended application of the sentence. The third person involved, Nicola Maio, has been completely cleared of all charges. Citing freedom of press, the court says it does not have jurisdiction over and is unable to prosecute the two journalists who obtained classified information, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.
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Vatileaks II: Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui's defense ask for acquittal on all charges

July 5, 2016. The lawyers for the two main defendants, Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, have called for an acquittal on all charges after the prosecutors petitioned for the sentencing of both accused. The Spanish priest was accused of conspiracy and disclosing classified documents while Francesca Chaouqui, is considered the main conspirator of the events that eventually unfolded. On Wednesday, the lawyers for the other three defendants Nicola Maio, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi will present their findings.
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New archbishop in Dominican Republic

July 4, 2016. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) due to his age. The Pope has appointed in his place Bishop Francisco Ozoria Acosta. Pope Francis has also accepted a resignation from the auxiliary bishop of the same archdiocese, Monsignor Amancio Escapa Aparicio, because of his age as well.

Las Patronas: Women who help complete strangers on a passing train

2014-06-07

This train has seen it all.  From desperation and fear, to hope and generosity. In this small Mexican town of about 4,500 people, a group of women work for hours, to help complete strangers. 

NORMA ROMERO VASQUEZ
Founder of 'Las Patronas'
"We started hearing people on board saying 'we're hungry and we're thirsty.' When we first started, we were told you women are crazy. What do you feed people you don't even know?”

The train is nicknamed 'The Beast.' It's passengers aren't your average travelers. Most of them are from Central America. They hop on the cargo train in the hopes of getting closer to the U.S. Along the way, they pass through the Mexican town of  'La Patrona' in the state of Veracruz. 

"This road is too tough. You're hungry, thirsty, sleepless."You could lose a hand or even your life.”

"We started out with ten or 15 meals and now we make around 150 per day. We also deliver 250 to 300 bottles of water.” 

With each passing train, these women hand out food, water, clothes and shoes to whoever reaches out. The train doesn't stop, neither does their generosity. 

NORMA ROMERO VASQUEZ
Founder of 'Las Patronas'
"We always seen it as a project God started and he invited us to take part in it. We do this 365 days a year. We give them a bag of rice, beans and then tortillas.”

The Vatican's Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, invited  the group's founder, Norma Romero Vasquez, to talk about their work. Before this visit, she gave a presentation at Oxford University. 

FR. RENE MICALLEF 
Pontifical Gregorian University 
"These are humble people from Mexican communities. They see this problem and the suffering it brings and they go out and do something.” 

The group started in 1995. Since then it has helped thousands of complete strangers. 

At first they payed for everything, but as word got around, donations started pouring in. Even though immigration is a heated debate, the founder of the group says, she's not really interested in the politics of it...she says she just wants to help those in need. 


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