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LIVE BROADCAST: Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family
October 18, 2014. Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family.
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The topic of the second part of the Synod on the Family has been announced
October 13, 2014. The new topic for the second part of the Synod on the Family will be "The vocation and the mission of the family within the Church and in the contemporary world.”

This second part will take place in Rome from October 4-25, 2015. The issues dealt with during the first part of the Synod, which concludes this week, will be further discussed in this second part.

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Priest kidnapped in Syria is freed
October 9, 2014. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, 62, has been freed and taken to a convent in Knayeh, Syria. He was kidnapped on the evening of October 5th. Of the 20 other Christians kidnapped that night, 4 women were also freed
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Pope Francis names new bishops for Italy, Spain & Brazil
October 8, 2014. Pope Francis has named several new bishops today. The Pope named Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mérida-Badajoz (Spain). As of now, Archbishop Morga Iruzubieta was secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy

He also named Bishop Fausto Tardelli, from the diocese of San Miniato, as bishop of the Diocese of Pistoia (Italy). Finally, the Pope named a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Goiânia (Brazil). He nominated Fr. Levi Bonatto, a priest from the personal prelature of Opus Dei.
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Pastor and 20 Christians kidnapped in Syria
October 7, 2014. A pastor and roughly 20 Christians were kidnapped in Knayeh, Syria on the evening of October 5th. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, a 62 year old Franciscan, belongs to the Custody of the Holy Land. Local sources said that a group of armed members of Islamic militant group, Jahbat Al-Nusra, are responsible for the kidnapping. 
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All cardinals to meet at the Vatican on October 20
October 7, 2014. Pope Francis convoked a Consistory at the Vatican on October 20. All the cardinals will discuss the situation of Chistians in Middle East, especially of those suffering continuous attacks of ISIS.
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Pope Francis will travel to France in 2015
October 7, 2014.Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced that Pope Francis will visit France in 2015.
During his visit to the Vatican in January, French President Francois Hollande, formally invited the Pope to France. The mayor of Lourdes also extended an invitation.

It is likely that he will visit Lisieux, home of one of the Pope's favorite saints, St. Therese.

The last Pontiff to visit France was Benedict XVI in 2008.


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Pope Francis: "Happy families are essential for society"
October 3, 2014. Pope Francis asked Christians to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family via Twitter. He also said that "happy families are essential for society." 


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World Communications Day 2015
September 29, 2014. The Vatican announced that the theme for the World Communications Day 2015 will be Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place for Encounter with the Gift of Love

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Pope's Agenda
September 25, 2014. Pope Francis has several meetings today. He will meet with Miroslava Rosas, Ambassador of Panama to the Holy See, who will present her credentials. 

The Pope will then meet with Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan and Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jeung of Seoul, South Korea.

He will also meet with the Archbishop Giacinto Berloco, Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium-Luxemburg; Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus, and Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia.

The Pope's final meeting for the day will be with Mr. Marcos Aguinis, the former Minister of Culture of Argentina.  

The little market of Piazza Navona, a must-see Christmas classic in Rome

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The great fountain in the middle of Piazza Navona in Rome is not the only reason to go there for a walk during Christmas. The masterwork of Bernini struggles for attention with the shops that fill the square.

The little market of Piazza Navona is a hundred year-old tradition that brings to Rome Italian family owned businesses. In their own way they have witnessed a change in history.

MERCURI TINO
Shop "Er Balocco”

"I remember that when I was a child we would have fun with very few things; for example, with a slingshot or things like that. Now kids are very demanding. Actually, they come here, they take a look, but in the end buy nothing... It is clear that their parents are the ones that like to buy these old-fashioned toys, because when they come here the parents have to encourage their children, who are used to electronic things.”

This shopkeeper has come to Piazza Navona every single Christmas for the past 40 years. He first helped his parents with the shop and now runs the business.

He sells old-fashioned toys, and even though the little ones may have lost their interest in these kind of products, he is still convinced of their value. Not just for having fun.

MERCURI TINO
Shop "Er Balocco”

"The toys and games I prefer are the ones made of wood that teach you things, toys you can play and learn with. They can teach the shapes, the articulations. The kind of games that teach the children how to play and also how to learn. All these toys are now doomed to disappear thanks to the videogames.”

He set up his shop the last week of November, and will go back home after January 6, when the market will officially shut down for another year.

Not just him: also the rest of shops sell traditional and local Italian products, from Christmas decorations to seasonal candy. A must-see Christmas classic in Rome.


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