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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.

Vatican marks centennial of Pius X's death with 'day of study' on saintly Pope


Months after World War I started, Pius X lost his own battle. Nearly 100 years later, the Vatican will mark this anniversary with a 'day of study' on the Italian Pope. 

He's mostly remembered as a conservative Pope that condemned modernist interpretations of Church doctrine. But paradoxically, Pius X paved the way for a more modern papacy.

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"There was great confusion and a great overlap of competences. So he wanted to simplify, and, above all, guarantee truthful answers in a speedy manner.”

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"Everybody knows that St. Pius X made mortal enemies with this reform. And these are things that form part of common experience.”

But his election as Pope in August 3, 1903 was the result of a technicality. Up until that time, the monarchs from Spain, France and Austria-Hungary, could veto specific candidates.

During the 1903 conclave, Sicilian Cardinal Mariano Rampolla was on track for the papacy. But after the Austro-Hungarian emperor used his veto, Card. Giuseppe Sarto, then Patriarch of Venice, surged, despite his objections.

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"He had gathered a few votes, and even petitions, but he had obviously refused. Unfortunately for him, he saw how in the end the number of votes for him grew bit by bit.”

The year after his election, Pius X outlawed the clause that gave lay powers influence over the conclave, leaving behind the format used today. 

In pastoral matters, he opted for simplicity and approachability, outlawing the practice of Popes eating alone, and leaving aside strict Vatican etiquette.

President, Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences 
"He moved to the apartment on the third loggia. That's where we're used to seeing the Pope for the Angelus. So he was the first Pope to leave the Pontifical Apartments.”

That move signaled a slight change in attitude between the Vatican and Italy, after the fall of the Papal States. Today, the old apartment is used to welcome visitors, including official state visits. 

The Vatican's day of study will take take place June 12, at the Pius X Hall. Participants will analyze the Pope's influence in modern Catholicism. The day will end with the presentation of a book summarizing the Pope's work.