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Pope sends his condolences for the passing of Carmen Hernández

July 21, 2016. Pope Francis sent a message to Kiko Argüello after the passing of Carmen Hernández. He said he was close in spirit to her family and everyone involved with the Neocatechumenal Way, a itinerary of faith which she started, and also to the people who witnessed and appreciated her apostolic work, one of permanent education in faith. The Pope also thanked Hernández's testimony of faith and prays that "the Divine Goodness” welcomes her into the joy of eternal rest and that those involved in the Neochatecumenal Way keep the flame of her evangelizing spirit alive.
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Vatican condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France that has killed at least 84 people

July 15, 2016. The terrorist used a large truck to plough through a crowd during the Bastille day celebration.
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Pope sends condolences for the victims of Italian train accident

July 12, 2016. Pope Francis sent a telegram with his condolences for the victims of the train accident that occurred in southern Italy. The Pope says he shares the pain of the families affected by this tragic incident, which resulted in at least 20 deaths and more than 50 wounded. Pope Francis prays for the dead and for the speedy recovery of the injured.
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Pope approves martyrdom of laic that refused to enroll in the SS, and of other future saints

July 8, 2016. The Pope has approved the enactment of several decrees for causes of beatification. (Continue reading)
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Vatileaks 2: Two main defendants condemned. Both journalists and Vallejo's secretary acquitted.

July 7, 2016. Fr. Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the Vatileaks case. The Vatican Tribunal also condemned his main collaborator, Francesca Chaouqui, to 10 months in prison, with a five-year suspended application of the sentence. The third person involved, Nicola Maio, has been completely cleared of all charges. Citing freedom of press, the court says it does not have jurisdiction over and is unable to prosecute the two journalists who obtained classified information, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.
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Vatileaks II: Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui's defense ask for acquittal on all charges

July 5, 2016. The lawyers for the two main defendants, Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, have called for an acquittal on all charges after the prosecutors petitioned for the sentencing of both accused. The Spanish priest was accused of conspiracy and disclosing classified documents while Francesca Chaouqui, is considered the main conspirator of the events that eventually unfolded. On Wednesday, the lawyers for the other three defendants Nicola Maio, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi will present their findings.
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New archbishop in Dominican Republic

July 4, 2016. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) due to his age. The Pope has appointed in his place Bishop Francisco Ozoria Acosta. Pope Francis has also accepted a resignation from the auxiliary bishop of the same archdiocese, Monsignor Amancio Escapa Aparicio, because of his age as well.
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Pope Francis appoints new auxiliary bishops in Paris and Valencia, Spain

June 27, 2016. Pope Francis has appointed Denis Jachiet and Thibault Verny as the new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Paris. Arturo Pablo Ros has also been appointed as the new auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain. More:
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Today's schedule for Pope's trip to Armenia

June 26, 2016. At 7:15 a.m. Rome Time - 9:15 a.m. Local Time - Meeting with Armenian Catholic bishops in Echmiadzin.
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Today's schedule for Pope's trip to Armenia

June 25, 2016. At 6:45 a.m. Rome Time - 8:45 a.m. Local Time - Visit to Tzitzernakaberd, the Armenian genocide memorial. More:
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New bishop in Gibraltar

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed a new bishop in Gibraltar. He is Carmelo Zammit, from the clergy of the Archdiocese of Malta.
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Pierbattista Pizzaballa to be the provisional the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

June 24, 2016. Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the former custodian of the Holy Land, will provisionally be the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. The Pope has accepted Patriarch Fouad Twal's resignation for reasons of age.
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New auxiliary bishops in Sydney

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed two new auxiliary bishops of Sydney, Australia. Monsignor Anthony Randazzo, who was, until now Archbishop of Brisbane assistant; and Richard James Umbers, of the Prelature of Opus Dei and chaplain at the Warrane College at the University of New South Wales.
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New bishop in Myanmar

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed Monsignor Basilio Athai as the new bishop of the archdiocese of Taunggyi in Myanmar. He was until now an auxiliary bishop of this diocese.
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Today's schedule for Pope's trip to Armenia

June 24, 2016. At 1:00 p.m. Rome Time - 3:00 p.m. Local time -- Arrival at "Zvartnots" Yerevan International airport. - Welcome ceremony. More:

A house divided as Popes' teams face off in World Cup championship

2014-07-10

Germany against Argentina, the teams from the two Popes' home countries will battle it out for the World Cup title. But, who will end up on top?

"I'm from Denmark so, naturally I'm rooting for Germany.”
 
"I think... I'm going for the Argentinians.”
 
"I'll go for Argentina. Well, for one, Germany  beat the U.S., so I'd kinda like to see some revenge.” FLASH (00:26) "I think it's good to have a South American team versus a European powerhouse.”
 
"Generally, for the very beginning I wanted Germany to win. Argentina, in this tournament, they are not that good, I expected something more.”

The all-time leading scorer in World Cup history, Germany's Miroslav Klose, plays for Lazio in Rome. He's Catholic and has the blessing of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

His biggest rival on the playing field will be Argentina's Lionel Messi. He greeted Pope Francis in August 2013, when Italy and Argentina played a friendly match in honor of the Pope. The two team captains, Messi and Buffon, also kicked off a campaign, sponsored by the Vatican, to promote education.

LIONEL MESSI
Captain, Argentina's National Soccer Team
"Soccer lead me to many places, not just with the Argentine squad, also with Barcelona. Soccer is great and I think that it reaches the entire world.”

From the get-go, Pope Francis made clear his passion for soccer, and it's not uncommon for visiting world leaders to give him a jersey from their national squads.

Meanwhile, sports was never as prominent for Benedict XVI, although he also has a vast collection of team jerseys.

Perhaps the one most Germans would like to forget is the soccer jersey Argentina's Javier Zanetti gave the Pope emeritus, during his trip to Milan for the the World Gathering of Families in June 2012.


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