Pope in Kenya: “The health of any society always depends on the health of its families”

November 26, 2015. Despite heavy rain, he celebrated Mass with powerful music and ...

LIVE: Pope meets with Kenyan priests, seminarians, and religious

November 26, 2015. The local Church estimates that there is one priest for every 5...

Complete text of the Pope's Homily in Nairobi

November 26, 2015. The Mass took place at the University of Nairobi campus.

Full text of the Pope's speech at the inter-religious meeting in Kenya

November 26, 2015. He remembered the last horrific attacks that bloodied the country.

LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the University of Nairobi

November 26, 2015. The ceremony starts at 10:00 a.m. local time.

LIVE: Pope Francis meets with Kenyan Muslims and Protestants

November 26, 2015. Catholics are about 23 percent of the population in Kenya.

Pope in Kenya: Terrorism and violence feed on poverty and fear

November 25, 2015. In his first speech in Africa, the Pope asked for people to be ...

Full text of the Pope's first speech in Kenya

November 25, 2015. "There is a clear link between the protection of nature and the...

Pope Francis arrives in Kenya early

November 25, 2015. The papal plane touched down in Nairobi about half an hour ahea...

LIVE: Pope Francis attends welcome ceremony at State House of Kenya

November 25, 2015. He will be accompanied by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

LIVE: Pope Francis lands in Nairobi

November 25, 2015. The papal plane will touch down at Jomo Kenyatta Airport at 5:0...

Pope Francis departs Rome for Kenya

November 25, 2015. He carried his own bag as he boarded the papal plane.

USAID officials: Pope Francis in a unique position to help Central African Republic

November 25, 2015. The Pope would be the most high-profile visitor to the war-torn...

Pope Francis visits the Vatican Bank: “Pray for me, because I need it”

November 24, 2015. He has named Gian Franco Mammi to be the institutes new general...

Vatileaks prosecutor: “Journalists are being tried for illegally obtaining information"

November 24, 2015. The trial has begun at Tribunal of the Vatican City State

Kenya, Uganda and the CAR: How are the countries the Pope will visit this week?

November 24, 2015. Theyre affected by jihadism, political corruption, war, and ext...

Pope Francis: You cannot speak of Catholic education without speaking about humanity

November 23, 2015. He answered questions about education with thousands of teacher...

Everything you need to know about the Vatileaks II trial

November 23, 2015. On Tuesday, November 24th, the proceedings against five people ...

Pope Francis to Central African Republic: I hope my visit can help “alleviate your wounds”

November 23, 2015. He sent video messages to the people of Kenya, Uganda, and the ...

Pope and Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda discuss migration and climate change

November 23, 2015. They met privately for just 20 minutes of "cordial” talks, acco...

Pope Francis at Casa Santa Marta: Do you long for Jesus or worldly things?

November 23, 2015. He reflected on the Gospel passage of the poor widow who gave a...
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Vaticaleaks-2: Court charged five people for “procuring and revealing” confidential material
November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
New archbishop in Barcelona (Spain)
November 6, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach as Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain). He has named Monsignor Juan Jose Omella in his place. He was until now Bishop of the Diocese of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño.
Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.
New bishop in France
October 30, 2015. Pope Francis has named Renauld de Dinechin bishop of Soissons. Until now he was the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Paris.
New bishop in Spain
October 30, 2015. PopeFrancis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Burgos,Francisco Gil Hellin. He has named in his place Fidel Herraez Vegas,who has been an auxiliary bishop of Madrid since 1996.
New archbishops in Italy
October 27, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Matteo Maria Zuppi, who was auxiliary bishop of Rome, to be the Archbishop of Bologna (Italy). He takes the place of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. Also, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice has been appointed Archbishop of Palermo (Italy). He succeeds Cardinal Paolo Romeo.
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Pope Francis"deeply affected" by the earthquake that shook Afghanistan and Pakistán
October 27, 2015. The Secretary of State Pietro Parolin telegraphed the nuncio in Pakistan on behalf of Pope Francis. Full text of the message: "His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the earthquake in the region. He expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this disaster, and he offers the assurance of his prayers for the dead, as well as for the injured and those still missing. Upon all those who mourn the loss of loved ones and upon the civil authorities and emergency personnel involved in the relief efforts, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.”
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