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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.
New bishop in France
October 30, 2015. Pope Francis has named Renauld de Dinechin bishop of Soissons. Until now he was the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Paris.
New bishop in Spain
October 30, 2015. PopeFrancis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Burgos,Francisco Gil Hellin. He has named in his place Fidel Herraez Vegas,who has been an auxiliary bishop of Madrid since 1996.

The Verde-amarela squad fears only the Pope


The World Cup is in its defining stages, and Argentina is dangerously close to the championship game. It would be the first time in 24 years, and with an Argentine Pope at the Vatican.

Coincidence or not, the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff did not take any chances. She had a very peculiar request for Pope Francis, when she visited him this past February and showered him with gifts.

"With this, should the Pope pray so that Brazil wins the World Cup?”

"If you could pray so that Brazil winds the Cup, I would be so thankful. But, at the very least, remain neutral.”

The Pope picked up the message loud and clear. Several weeks later, in March, he shared his memory of this meeting with a group of Argentinians.

"Not too long ago, I stood here, at the Vatican, with a very important official from Brazil. That person told me they stopped on their way, I don't know where to, but had wanted to greet me. That person wanted to ask me a favor, and told me: 'Only one word: neutralidade. Because the cup is ours.'”

Despite this requests, many argue this neutrality never developed. On the contrary. They question why Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemiali's headshot hit the goal post, instead of going in.

It wouldn't the first time since his election that a team the Pope supports comes out on top. Case and point, San Lorenzo of Almagro. In December, the team won the country's first division championship. Three days later, they traveled to Rome to give the Pope the trophy.

Argentina's national rugby team also visited Pope Francis in November 2013. Up until then, they lost eight consecutive matches. But after their visit, their luck turned around.