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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.

What is the key to Pope Francis' leadership?


What do a famous singer, chess champion, and top model have to say about Pope Francis? The answer lies in this documentary: "Leadership and Pope Francis,” where different international figures explain the elements that make up leadership, all of which are visibly present in Pope Francis. 

Director, "Leadership and Pope Francis"
"Why does Pope Francis capture your attention? Why is he so attractive to people? This is a question from the documentary that we want to answer, with the help of Andrea Bocelli, Garry Kasparov, and Valeria Mazza; all very different people, some not Catholic, who have something important to say about leadership and the pope.”

Throughout the 47 minute documentary, it analyzes the prestige of the Vatican on the international level with Pope Francis at the head; a person that in only four years of his pontificate has left his mark on the way he does things. 

Director, Vatican Library
"Pope Francis is, in my opinion, a political pope in the deepest sense of the word. I recently read an article in the international press that said that Pope Francis was the only popular politician, and for me this is the key to his pontificate.”

Also appearing in the documentary are other international personalities like baseball star Mike Piazza, member of the baseball Hall of Fame; Jean Todt, president of the  World Motor Sport Council, and who represented the 1990s Ferrari team; Lord David Puttnam, producer of "The Mission;” and Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo López, a political prisoner in Venezuela.

Director, Vatican Film Archive
"I really liked the combination of interviews and the image it portrayed of the pope, which gives us the idea that this pope is for everyone. For the powerful, for the movie stars, for the humble; it's a really beautiful story.”

The documentary, which was presented at the Vatican Film Library, was shot in Venezuela, Switzerland, Spain, England and Italy. It gives the keys to understanding the secrets of perhaps the most respected leader in the world, Pope Francis. 

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