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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.

Education Project backed by Pope Francis will include 300,000 schools


Article 26 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights says that everyone has a right to education. But that right, isn't always available, especially to children. 

That's where an initiative titled 'Scholas' comes in. The purpose is for schools in different parts of the globe to share resources and knowledge. It's backed by Pope Francis and in just one year more than 300,000 schools from across the globe have joined in

So for example, teachers in Argentina can post information online about the tactics they used to teach their students to multiply or divide. That information can be accessed by teachers and students in Africa. 

On September 2nd, Scholas will have a meeting to mark its first year. It will be a way to reflect on what they have accomplished and what needs to get done. 

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"People from El Salvador will be there and also from Argentina. We'll hear accounts from Africa, Europe and North America. So, we'll have people from all over the world. The meeting will come to a close on September 4th, with Pope Francis.” 

Part of the project will be a web portal where schools, teachers and students will be able to share. There's also a Facebook page. 

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"So, this website will be based on exchanging information. Schools that need specific resources can access the web portal and exchange ideas and techniques with schools and universities in different parts of the globe.” 

Sports, along with the values athletics indirectly and directly promote, are also a key part of Scholas. On Monday September 1st, soccer stars like Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon will play an inter-religious soccer match to promote education and peace. More than 50 soccer stars from different religions will take part in the match in Rome's Olympic Stadium.