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Vaticaleaks-2: Court charged five people for “procuring and revealing” confidential material
November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
New archbishop in Barcelona (Spain)
November 6, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach as Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain). He has named Monsignor Juan Jose Omella in his place. He was until now Bishop of the Diocese of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño.
Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.

African Card. Agré passes away, number of cardinals down to 213


Cardinal Bernard Agré, the archbishop emeritus of Abidjan, passed away on Monday in Paris, at the age of 88. With his death, the overall number of the College of Cardinals decreased to 213

Card. Agré was born on March 2, 1926 in the Ivory Coast. He was ordained a priest in 1953, and became the archbishop of Abidjan, the nation's capital, in 1994. As bishop, Agré took leadership roles not just in Ivory Coast, but across the continent, as the Church in Africa began its meteoric rise. He used a higher profile to push for greater knowledge of Africa

Archbishop emeritus of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
October 30, 2004
"The international community should learn more about the true Africa. And then we can talk about human rights. But, I think the first thing is the knowledge of the person, and the love for each person. You can only understand someone if you love them.”

John Paul II recognized his work for the African Church, naming him as the first cardinal from the Ivory Coast in 2001. He took part in the 2005 conclave that elected Benedict XVI, at the age of 79, his last year eligible to vote.

Card. Agré served as the president of the 2001 Synod of Bishops. He stepped down as archbishop in 2006. Suffering from deteriorating health, the prelate traveled to Paris for treatment at the start of the year.