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Ex-Nuncio to Dominican Republic, accused of sexual abuse, found dead

August 28, 2015. The Vatican has issued a statement saying that ex-Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic Józef Wesolowski was found dead in his room this morning. He is believed to have died of natural causes, according the Vatican authorities. A Vatican prosecutor has asked that an autopsy be performed today. The statement further specifies that the results will be announced as soon as possible and that Pope Francis has been informed of the situation.
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Pope Francis sends a message to organizers and participants of the Rimini Meeting

August 19, 2015. On the occasion of the 36th edition of the Rimini Meeting, Pope Francis sent a message to participants and organizers through Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. He told them that the void we sometimes feel in our hearts reminds us that we are called to great things. The event is also known as "the Meeting for friendship among peoples,” and it is organized by the Communion and Liberation movement. During the meeting shows, conferences, exhibitions and sporting events are organized.
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Pope Francis “deeply saddened” by the tragedy in Bangkok

August 19, 2015. Pope Francis is "deeply saddened” by the terrorist attack in Bangkok, which killed at least 20 people, according to the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. In a telegram sent to the King of Thailand on behalf of the Pope, the cardinal said Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and his closeness to all those affected by the attacks.
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Erection of Apostolic Exarchate in Canada

Pope Francis has erected the Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malabar in Canada. He has appointed Fr. Jose Kalluvelil to be its first Exarch, assigning him the titular of Tabalta.
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New bishop in India

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Antony Prince Panengaden to be bishop of the eparchy of Adilabad of the Syro-Malabar (India). His appointment comes after the resignation of Msgr. Joseph Kunnath.

Former house of the Popes turned into presidential residence, open to the world

2014-06-28

The Quirinale Palace is among the most important sites in Rome. Nearly all the major architects from the 16th to the 18th Century contributed in some way to its development.

It also safeguards artwork, furniture, tapestries and an impressive collection of clay objects built by former Popes themselves.

Inside the papal bedroom, covered by tapestries, a hidden door leads to small oratory within a chapel.

All of these details can be discovered online, thanks to a virtual, 3D tour of the palace. It gives users a privileged view of building exterior and its interior. An audio guide also explains the story behind each room, and describes the use of the building.

The paintings and elaborate tapestries detail scenes, like the life of St. Paul, or the story of Don Quixote. 

An added advantage is that online users can explore the artworks up close though high definition lens. 

The best part of this unique tour is that it can be done anywhere, anytime, simply by visiting www.quirinale.it.


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