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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.

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


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.

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.