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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 clears out his schedule for second day in a row


The Pope is taking a few days off to rest. He cleared out most of his schedule on Monday and on Tuesday, which is usually a lighter day, he also canceled his appointments. 

The Vatican's spokesperson said it's nothing serious, but rather due to a slight 'indisposition.'

It's that much of a surprise.  The 77 year old Pontiff had a grueling weekend. 

Most notably, there's the intense prayer session with the Presidents of Israel and Palestine, in the Vatican Gardens, which is something that's been officially in the works since the Pope's visit to the Holy Land. 

Earlier that day, he celebrated Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, to mark the end of Easter. 

A day before, he welcomed thousands of athletes to St. Peter's Square where they showed off their skills. The Pope then addressed them in a speech, with Rome's intense summer heat.

That same day, he welcomed Mexico's president to the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and then in another meeting he met with an Argentinian indigenous group for about 45 minutes. 

On Friday, the Pope did a few rounds on the popemobile, to welcome more than 50,000 members of Italy's  military police force, or Carabinieri, in St. Peter's Square. 

The month of June will be a busy month for the Pope, with a heavy list of public and private meetings and celebrations, so taking a few days off is not only well deserved, but also a wise choice.