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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.  

Pope Baptizes 32 babies in Sistine Chapel: Faith is the most powerful inheritance

2014-01-13

In a setting unlike any other, Pope Francis Baptized 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel.
 
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He described the Sacrament as an unbroken chain of faith that links generation to generation.

POPE FRANCIS
"I want to highlight one thing. You are transmitters of faith. You have the responsibility of passing on the faith to your children.”

As a Vatican employee, Massimo Cara and his wife Cristina, saw their 4 month-old baby girl,  Baptized by Pope Francis, precisely on the date when the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

MASSIMO CARA
Gendarmeria Vaticana

"When you think about it, our faith is the most important inheritance you can give your children.”

He says the homily was short, but direct and the message really hit home.

MASSIMO CARA
Gendarmeria Vaticana

"When you have the gift of faith, everything else, especially materialism, is just in the background.”

For six years, Paolo de Angelis has worked at the Vatican. Even though he's somewhat accustomed to seeing Pope Francis, he says, seeing his wife holding their five 5 month baby girl, right before Pope Francis was something else.

PAOLO DE ANGELIS
VATICAN FIREFIGHTER

"My daughter Francesca was sleeping and when the Pope Baptized her, she opened her eyes and looked straight at Pope Francis.”

But his favorite moment, was when the Pope reminded all parents that the day was really about the children and their journey in the Catholic Church.

POPE FRANCIS
"Today the choir is singing; but the most beautiful choir that of the children, who are making noise... Some cry because they are not comfortable, or because they are hungry: if they are hungry, moms, give them something to eat, calmly, because they are the central figures, the protagonists of this celebration.”

PAOLO DE ANGELIS
VATICAN FIREFIGHTER

"I think that statement was what stood out the most. Perhaps even one of the most moving of the Ceremony.”

This ceremony is a Vatican tradition, but it marks the first time Pope Francis celebrates The Feast Day of the Lord as head of the Church.


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