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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

Cuba will host communications seminar for bishops organized by the Vatican

2014-01-28

Thirty-five bishops from Central America and the Caribbean will meet for a communications seminar that will take place in Havana in February.

The four day seminar is organized by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications. It'll give the bishops a chance to develop stronger communications strategies for their dioceses.

MSGR. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
"Nowadays, all the Church's activities are tied to communications. And this is important. Along with the bishops, we will meditate, we will have this four-day, intense seminar. We will ask ourselves what it means today to communicate, how to communicate and what to communicate.”

The seminar will be modeled after Pope's message for World Communications Day. In it, he asks Catholics to go beyond connecting with people, and to establish "authentic encounters.” He also called on them to become "Christian witnesses” in the digital world.

According to the Msgr. Celli, the Council's president, that's a role that even bishops have to take part in, not just the faithful.

MSGR. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
"We realize that we are called to be witnesses about what we have. So the problem is not technological. Instead, there's the human dimension to communication that will allow the bishops to become truly authentic men that dialogue with authentic men and women.”

Msgr. Celli said the seminar will help the bishops discover that communication is more than passing on messages. It'll create that dialogue, as well as a culture of sharing, and growth as a community.

But he added that the biggest benefit will be reaching out and helping the people that are suffering. Like any mother would, Msgr. Celli says the Church can protect and help them.


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