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Mexican virtual choir sings amazing Christmas carol for peace
December 25, 2014. This members of this group of Mexican students have never seen each other.
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Pope Francis names French cardinal as new Camerlengo
December 20, 2014. Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran is the new Camerlengo of the Roman Catholic Church. So he replaces cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (80). 

Tauran will take care of the property and revenues of the Holy See during a sede vacante


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Nominations
December 12, 2014. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Vicente Jimenez Zamora as the new Archbishop of Zaragoza, Spain. Up until now, he served  as the Bishop of the Diocese of Santander. In Ecuador, Fr. Adelio Pasqualotto has been nominated as the new  Vicariate Apostolic of Napo. Pope Francis also appointed Rev. Fr. Pietro Bovati, as the new Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. 
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Vatican releases new questionnaire on the Synod on the Family
December 9, 2014. The Vatican has published a new questionnaire containing 46 questions pertaining to the family and the modern day challenges it faces. It’s meant to be a further reflection for the second phase of the Synod on the Family, which will take place in October 2015. The questions are divided in three sections. In the following days, it will be distributed to many groups, including Episcopal Conferences, Eastern Church and Curia Departments.
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The Jesuits to start new General Congregation on October 2016
December 9, 2014. The General Superior of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, has called a new General Congregation. This assembly, which will include representatives from all over the world, will start on October 2, 2016. In a letter, Fr. Pachon called on  all Jesuits to take part in this "serious process of spiritual discernment" on which the future and mission of the Society relies. 
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New Archbishop of Kenya
December 9, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Martin Musonde Kivuva as new Archbishop of Mombasa (Kenya). He previously served as bishop of the diocese of Machakos (Kenya). 

Also, Adolfo Ramon Canecin was appointed coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Goya (Argentina).

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Community of Sant'Egidio reelects its president
December 9, 2014. Marco Impagliazzo has been reelected as president of the Community of Sant'Egidio by an assembly of 220 delegates from around the world. 
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Colombian bishop, resigns
December 1, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Luis Alberto Parra Mora, Bishop of Mocoa-Sibundoy (Colombia). He is 70 years old.
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First message of Pope Francis in Turkey
November 28, 2014. Pope Francis signed the so-called Golden Book at Ataturk's Mausoleum in Ankara. There he wrote this message: "I express my sincerest good wishes so that Turkey, the natural bridge between two Continents, may not only be a crossroad, but also a place of encounter, dialogue and peaceful coexistence among men and women of good will of every culture, ethnicity and religion."
Schedule
December 26, 2014 - Angelus prayer from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace
December 26, 2014. Angelus prayer from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace
December 28, 2014 - Angelus prayer from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace
December 28, 2014. Angelus prayer from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace
February 09, 2015 - Council of Cardinals
February 9-11, 2014. Council of Cardinals. Meeting between the group of cardinals that advises the Pope on Church governance and Curial reform.
 
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The Best Three Vatican Nativity Scenes
December 25, 2014. Since 1982, the Vatican sets its official crib in St. Peters Square.
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LIVE BROADCAST: Pope Francis gives Urbi et Orbi Christmas blessing
December 25, 2014. He will deliver his Christmas message from the main balcony of St. Peters Basilica.
What is the Pope's Christmas card like?
December 25, 2014. It features an unusual Nativity Scene, where poverty is the main charact ...
LIVE BROADCAST: Pope Francis celebrates the Solemn Mass of Christmas Eve
December 24, 2014. The Vatican choir will sing Mozarts E ...
The mystery of Christmas through art
December 25, 2014. Throughout history, painters have tried to represent the Birth of Jesus.
Pope Francis' short guide to Christmas
December 24, 2014. The Pope gives four steps to celebrate Christmas and change the world. ...
Pope Francis to preside over the major Christmas ceremonies at the Vatican
December 24, 2014. Guillermo Karcher says Pope Francis ...
Singing nun Sister Cristina talks about her vocation...and revolution
December 23, 2014. After winning the Italian TV Show "The Voic ...
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