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Two New Saints
September 17, 2014. Pope Francis will be canonizing two new saints in the coming months: Blessed Joseph Vaz (India, 1651-Sri Lanka 1711) and Blessed Maria Cristina de la Inmaculada Concepcion (Italia 1856-1906). In addition he also approved miracles attributed to both these saints, including one attributed to the intercession of Marie-Elisabeth Turgeon, founder Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Canada 1840-1881). 

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Match for Peace raises €2,500,000
September 10, 2014. The Interreligious Match for  Peace raised €2,500,000. 

The match was organized by Scholas, an educational organization promoted by the Pope. Their goal was to raise funds to continue their initiatives. 

Several current soccer stars, such as Buffon, Mascherano and Del Piero participated, as well as soccer legends Maradona, Zamorano and Zanetti. 
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Pope appoints Secretary for Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors
September 10, 2014. The Pope has assigned Msgr. Robert Oliver, from the Archdiocese of Boston, as the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Before that, Oliver served as a prosecutor in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 
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Burundi police arrest man for murder of three Italian nuns
September 9, 2014. One of the two suspects police detained after the murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi reportedly confessed to the crime

The nuns' religious order announced that the sisters' funeral will take place next September 11 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Pope Francis meets with Maradona
September 4, 2014. Pope Francis met with soccer legend, Diego Armando Maradona, just days after the inter-religious soccer match for peace, took place in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.
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Pope to marry 20 couples at the Vatican on September 14th
August 29th, 2014. The Pope will marry 20 couples on September 14th in St. Peter's Basilica. The ceremony will take place at 9am. The couples are from the diocese of Rome. The celebration will take place 3 weeks before the Synod on the Family.
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Pope Names New Archbishop of Madrid
August 28, 2014. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid (Spain). The Pope has named Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra of Valencia as Cardinal Rouco´s successor. Also, Cardenal Antonio Cañizares has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Valencia, Spain. He will replace Arch. Carlos Osoro Sierra.
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Pope Francis names new bishop of Toledo (U.S.A.)
August 26, 2014. Pope Francis named Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas as bishop of Toledo (U.S.A.) Until now, Bishop Thomas served as auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia and titutlar bishop of Bardstown. Pope Francis also accepted the resignation of Bishop Giuseppe Merisi as bishop of Lodi (Italy) and named Bishop Maurizio Malvestiti as his replacement. 
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Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in the Vatican with former students
August 25, 2015. Benedict XVI's former students had the chance of meeting him one more time. He celebrated Mass at the Vatican with them to close their annual gatherings in Castelgandolfo, more known as Schuelerkreis. Still, the Pope emeritus didn't attend their meetings.
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Vatican announces theme of the next World Day of Peace
August 21, 2014. "Slaves no more, but brothers and sister”. This will be the theme of the 48th World Day of Peace which will be celebrated on January 1st, 2015. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace made the announcement this morning in a press release. The communique also detailed several contemporary forms of slavery
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Argentine President express condolences to Pope Francis
August 20, 2014. Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called Pope Francis this afternoon. The president offered her condolences on the death of his nephew's wife, Valeria Carmona, and their two small children, Jose and Antonio. The Pope's nephew, Emanuel Bergoglio, remains in critical condition
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Pope's Relatives Die in Crash
August 19, 2014. Three relatives of Pope Francis have died in a traffic accident in Argentina.  According to police, the victims include two great nephews of the Pope  (8 month-old and two year old) and the children's mother. The Pope's 35 year old nephew Horacio Bergoglio, survived and is in serious condition.
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Pope's Twitter account now has over 15 million followers on Twitter

 

August 19, 2014. ThePope's Twitter account has surpassed 15 million followers in the 9 languages where he publishes his tweets. The most popular accounts are Spanish, with almost 6.5 million followers; English, with more than 4 million followers and Italian, with almost 2 million followers.


 

List of cardinals who can vote in the conclave

2013-02-22

The number of cardinals eligible to vote in the upcoming conclave stands at 117, but could decrease for health reasons. Already Jakarta Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja said he would not be traveling to Rome due to ill health. Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien also gave up his right to vote in the conclave.

Here is a list of the participating cardinals, so far, listed by age and area:


EUROPE:
Walter Kasper, 79 (Germany)
Severino Poletto, 79 (Italy)
Godfried Danneels, 79 (Belgium)
Raffaele Farina, 79 (Italy)
Joachim Meisner, 79 (Germany)
Giovanni Batista Re, 79 (Italy)
Dionigi Tettamanzi, 78 (Italy)
Francesco Monterisi, 78 (Italy)
Carlos Amigo Vallejo, 78 (Spain)
Paolo Sardi, 78 (Italy)
Paul Josef Cordes, 78 (Germany)
Franc Rodé, 78 (Slovenia)
Tarcisio Bertone, 78 (Italy)
Giovanni Lajolo, 78 (Italy)
Velasio De Paolis, 77 (Italy)
Santos Abril y Castelló, 77 (Spain)
Jose da Cruz Policarpo, 76 (Portugal)
Karl Lehmann, 76 (Germany)
Antonio María Rouco Varela, 76 (Spain)
Ennio Antonelli, 76 (Italy)
Andrys Juozas Backis, 76 (Lithuania)
Attilio Nicora, 75 (Italy)
Lluís Martínez Sistach, 75 (Spain)
Antonio Maria Vegliò, 75 (Italy)
Paolo Romeo, 75 (Italy)
Francesco Coccopalmerio, 74 (Italy)
Manuel Monteiro de Castro, 74 (Portugal)
Carlo Caffarra, 74 (Italy)
Angelo Amato, 74 (Italy)
Stanislaw Dziwisz, 73 (Poland)
Seán Brady, 73 (Ireland)
Zenon Grocholewski, 73 (Poland)
Agostino Vallini, 72 (Italy)
Angelo Scola, 71 (Italy)
Giuseppe Bertello, 70 (Italy)
Gianfranco Ravasi, 70 (Italy)
André Armand Vingt-Trois, 70 (France)
Domenico Calcagno, 70 (Italy)
Angelo Bagnasco, 70 (Italy)
Jean-Louis Tauran, 69 (France)
Dominik Duka, 69 (Czech Republic)
Crescenzio Sepe, 69 (Italy)
Giuseppe Versaldi, 69 (Italy)
Angelo Comastri, 69 (Italy)
Mauro Piacenza, 68 (Italy)
Jean-Pierre Ricard, 68 (France)
Christoph Schönborn, 68 (Austria)
Stanislaw Rylko, 67 (Poland)
Vinko Puljic, 67 (Bosnia)
Antonio Cañizares Llovera, 67 (Spain)
Fernando Filoni, 66 (Italy)
Giuseppe Betori, 65 (Italy)
Josip Bozanic, 63 (Croatia)
Kazimierz Kycz, 63 (Poland)
Kurt Kock. 62 (Switzerland)
Philippe Barbarin, 62 (France)
Péter Erdö, 60 (Hungary)
Wim Eijk, 59 (Netherlands)
Reinhard Marx, 59 (Germany)
Rainer Maria Woelki, 56 (Germany)


NORTH AMERICA:
Justin Francis Rigali, 77 (United States)
Roger Mahony, 76 (United States)
William Joseph Levada, 76 (United States)
Jean-Claude Turcotte, 76 (Canada)
Francis Eugene George, 76 (United States)
Edwin Frederick O'Brien, 73 (United States)
Donald William Wuerl, 72 (United States)
Marc Ouellet, 68 (Canada)
Seán Patrick O'Malley, 68 (United States)
Thomas Christopher Collins, 66 (Canada)
Raymond Leo Burke, 64 (United States)
Daniel DiNardo, 63 (United States)
James Michael Harvey, 63 (United States)
Timothy Michael Dolan, 63 (United States)


LATIN AMERICA:
Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, 79 (Mexico)
Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, 79 (Chile)
Geraldo Majella Angelo, 79 (Brazil)
Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, 79 (Ecuador)
Cláudio Hummes, 78 (Brazil)
Julio Terrazas Sandoval, 76 (Bolivia)
Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, 76 (Cuba)
Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, 76
      (Dominican Republic)
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 (Argentina)
Raymundo Damasceno Assis, 76 (Brazil)
Norberto Rivera Carrera, 70 (Mexico)
Jorge Urosa Savino, 70 (Venezuela)
Ruben Salazar Gómez, 70 (Colombia)
Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, 70
      (Honduras)
Leonardo Sandri, 69 (Argentina)
Juan Luis Cipriani Throne, 69 (Peru)
Joao Braz de Aviz, 65 (Brazil)
Francisco Robles Ortega, 63 (Mexico)
Odilo Pedro Scherer, 63 (Brazil)



AFRICA:
Antonios Naguib, 77 (Egypt)
Anthony Olubumni Okogie, 76 (Nigeria)
Théodore Adrien Sarr, 76 (Senegal)
Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, 73 (Congo)
Gabriel Zubeir Wako, 72 (Sudan)
Wilfrid Fox Napier, 71 (South Africa)
John Njue, 69 (Kenya)
John Olorunfemi Oneiyekan, 69 (Nigeria)
Polycarp Pengo, 68 (Tanzania)
Robert Sarah, 67 (Guinea)
Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, 64 (Ghana)


ASIA/OCEANIA:
Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Mân, 78 (Vietnam)
Ivan Dias, 76 (India)
John Tong Hon, 73 (Hong Kong)
Telesphore Placidus Toppo, 73 (India)
Bechara Boutros Rai, 72 (Lebanon)
George Pell, 71 (Australia)
Oswald Gracias, 68 (India)
George Alencherry, 67 (India)
Malcolm Ranjith, 65 (Sri Lanka)
Luis Antonio Tagle, 55 (Philippines)
Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, 53 (India)


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