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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.

Catholic 'Oscars' announce their nominees


The International Catholic Film Festival 'Mirabile Dictu' announced last week the movies shortlisted fir its top award, the Silver Fish.

Among the nominees is the French production "The Apostle.” It tells the story of a Muslim called to be an imam, who finds Christ. The American production 'The Letters,' a biopic on the life of Mother Teresa, is also in running.

Spanish film 'A Forbidden God,' is among the favorites in the competition, known as the Catholic 'Oscars.'

President, Mirabile Dictu Film Festival
"There's another beautiful film, very beautiful film that is called 'Un Dios Prohibido'. Wonderful film. It is also in final competition for best film and best leading actor.”

Set in the early days of the Spanish Civil War, it tells the martyrdom of 51 religious, most of them seminarians.
Organizers believe that the Mirabile Dictu Film Festival, now in its fifth edition, gets more quality and recognition every year.

Pontifical Council for Culture
"This year's edition is about maturity... We have to take a stand for quality, and we hope to do it right. The movies nominated in this edition should also give a push to the kind of cinema that we want to promote.”

Overall, more than 1,600 movies from 120 countries sent in entries in the competition.

On June 26 the jury will announce which one gets the prized and characteristic award of the festival, the Silver Fish.

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