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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.

Life of an Iraqi displaced by violence: More difficult than sickness or death


As the fighting in Iraq continues, so does the number of innocent civilians fleeing the conflict. According to the United Nations, since June, some 300,000 Iraqi left Mosul and neighboring cities for the safety of Kurdistan.

Yehya is among them. He was forced to leave his home in Telafar with only the clothes on their backs. He took his wife and four children as soon as the bombs started falling on Mosul.

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"It's a feeling I never experienced before. When I picked up my bag, things and ID ready to leave, I knew there would be no return. If there is, it would be with great difficulty.”

His family is among 5,000 Iraqis taking refuge inside this warehouse outside Erbil. The UN is providing emergency aid to the families. But he doesn't know when they'll be able to leave for one of the cities that has agreed to house them.

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"The feeling of being a refugee is very difficult, more difficult than illness or even death. We haven't been through anything like this before.”

Yehya had the chance to leave Iraq back in 2006 and settle in the United States. He chose to stay, but his dream or rebuilding a new Iraq crumbled piece by piece.

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"Conflicts happen in other countries but they get resolved, quickly, because people manage to reach a solution. Here we seem unable to agree.”

A solution to the fighting still seems far off. In the meantime, thousands of Iraqi will continue fleeing a war that has escalated in the past few months.