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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.

Nazareth Village: A look at how Jesus grew up


This is the kind of town Jesus would have passed by growing up-going about his day as a young boy. It's a land filled with olive trees, open space and harvest. 

But this isn't your average land. It's part of 'Nazareth Village' which preserves the last remaining fields that were worked on by Jesus' friends, family and fellow villagers. 

Nazareth Village, Education Manager
"Jesus grew up only 500 meters away from here. A five minute walk. This means He was familiar with this place. I'm very sure that He climbed this hill many times. Helping with the harvest, playing as a child, so maybe he even pressed grapes here.” 

The purpose is to understand how Jesus lived and what He saw on a daily basis. Some of it has been there-untouched-for centuries, but the village features replicas of synagogues and typical houses that were common back in the 1st century. 

It's an idea that came about so that visitors could get a glimpse of the kind of environment Jesus lived in and what inspired His parables. From the sower to the parable of the mustard seed.  

Nazareth Village, Education Manager
"The Holy Land is called the 5th Gospel, because when you see the images that inspired him, this will let us understand His stories and the Bible and his parables in a better way.”
Here, 'villagers' dressed in traditional clothing work on the farms and houses, carrying out tasks just like Mary, Joseph and Jesus would have done.  Last year alone roughly 60,000 people visited Nazareth Village, to experience life as it was back then. This includes seeing the land and synagogues where Jesus would have passed by with his Apostles.  

Nazareth Village, Education Manager
"We read a lot about Jesus. He was wandering all over Galilee, from town to town, from village to village. Preaching in synagogues, healing their sickness. It happened here, in this type of synagogue.”
The idea to build Nazareth Village took shape thanks to a local doctor from Nazareth. Even though most of the funds come from entrance fees, the non-profit group also carries out Biblical and Archeology courses to preserve the maintenance and development of the Village. 

Nazarene Village
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