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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.

Michael Perry: From a guitar playing teen to the Head of the Franciscan Order


He was a regular teen from Indianapolis who loved to play the guitar. Now, Fr. Michael Perry lives in Rome and is the Minister General of the Franciscans. 

It all started when he decided to take a month off of work.  

Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor
"I was working building houses, as a way of making money. And my boss, the owner of the company, who was Catholic, I said, 'I want to go and give one month to go build houses for the poor' and he said, 'OK, I’ll pay your salary.' So he paid my salary. I went, I met the Franciscans and saw what they were doing. I fell in love with what they were doing working with the poor.”

He was thinking about studying law, but in the end he chose to become a religious. In May 2013, he was elected as Minister General of the Franciscans, where he leads the same order that St. Francis of Assisi began more than 800 years ago. It's not really a promotion, he says, it's just the opposite.  

Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor
"It’s not an increase. It’s a decrease. It’s not a raise, I hope that it’s a descent.  It’s not assuming power or authority, it’s descending to the last place.”

Leading is all about inner freedom. He says Pope Francis lives out this example in his life and style. 

Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor
"I’ve been with him three times, and each time I find that this man- he doesn’t need to be Pope. He doesn’t want the authority. He is a man who is absolutely free and because he is free he is able to revolutionize our thinking and make us all question who were are and where we are going, not just as Catholics but as Christians, Muslims, as human beings.” 

Hundreds of years after the Order was founded, it now has more than 13,500 religious members serving throughout the world. 

Even more, the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi has inspired dozens of movements, both lay and religious. 

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