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Pope appoints new secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

July 18, 2017. The pope has named Italian biblical scholar Giacomo Morandi, 51, as secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Up until now he served as undersecretary, and will replace Luis Ladaria, who Pope Francis named prefect on July 1.
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Full text of pope's message to G20

July 7, 2017. Pope Francis sent a message to the G20, addressed to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for authorities of major world economies from America and the European Union. In it, the pope proposed four steps of action to build "fraternal, just and peaceful societies,” as referred to in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
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Pope Francis approves the following 8 decrees for the Causes of Saints

July 7, 2017. Cardinal Angelo Amato, D.B., Prefect of the Congregation of Causes of Saints, and the pope authorized the following eight decrees for the Causes of Saints:
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Pope Francis makes 50,000 Euro donation to Greek island of Lesbos following earthquake

July 4, 2017. Pope Francis has made a 50,000 Euro donation to the Greek island of Lesbos following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on June 12.
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Names of archbishops to receive pallium from Pope Francis

June 28, 2017. On June 29, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis will bless the palliums of the Metropolitan Archbishops. This year, 36 have been appointed. The list is as followed

Vatican comments on situation of missing Chinese Bishop Shao Zhumin

June 26, 2017. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Continental China, was taken into custody by Chinese police on Easter weekend 2017. While recognized as a bishop in the Catholic Church, he is an unofficial bishop or "underground” in China, since the Chinese government does not recognize him as religious.
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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.

Jazzy singer launches cover song to feel God's calming presence


Describing herself as a singer/songwriter with a hint of jazz, Kylie Odetta has released a cover video of the song Closer, originally by GAWVI, which is an invitation for all to come nearer to Christ. 

"My hope for the song and what it means is that people would feel that love and maybe for the first time while they're watching that video or listening to that song, and really feel a calming presence and really feel just how much God truly cares about them specifically because it's crazy.”

Kylie says the experience of filming was a testimony to her and full of so many examples of Divine Providence. She says, even the location where they filmed the music video was an example of God's assistance.

"The place where we filmed it is actually called the Upper Room and is a venue that is kind of faith based, which is where the name comes from, the Upper Room, where Jesus was with His disciples.”

She says that faith has always played a large role in her music, beginning with God blessing her with a musical gift. She explains that now she wants to honor Him with her songs.  

"We can do nothing without Him and we should desire to do everything with Him. So with each little daily moment, I've been trying to invite Him into my life more.”

That is exactly what she is doing with this song, drawing closer to Him not only personally, but inviting all those listening to do the same, one musical lyric at a time. 

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