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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.

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

2014-07-30

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.  

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY 
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.  

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY 
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. 

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY 
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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