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New Archbishop for Yaoundé, Cameroon
October 31, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Mons. Jean Mbarga as new Archbishop of Yaoundé (Cameroon).
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New Bishop for Cuzco, Peru.
October 28, 2014. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Juan Antonio Ugarte Perez from Cuzco, Peru. He will be succeeded by Bishop Richard Daniel Alarcon Urrutia, who currently serves as the Bishop of Tarma, Peru.
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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." 


John Paul II and John XXIII depicted in gold, silver and bronze

2014-03-03

The Vatican will mint new coins and stamps dedicated to the canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII. But people will have to wait until the end of March to get their hands on these prized collectors items.

MAURO OLIVIERI
Director, Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office
"We started with the images that people have closer to their hearts, that show the fondness of these two Popes.”

The Polish Pope's coin, made of gold, can be purchased for 50 euros, or $69. Meanwhile, the Good Pope's silver coin will be 20 euros, or $28.

MAURO OLIVIERI
Director, Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office
"For Pope John XXIII, we show him giving a blessing, with St. Peter's Basilica in the back, and a full moon, a clear reference to that famous speech about the moon. Meanwhile, John Paul II is depicted with a globe behind him, also in mid-blessing, and with a mitre. We wanted to show how many people remember him, traveling to meet with the faithful, across the world.”

The newly-minted coins will be released along with the first Vatican euro coins in 2014, which feature Pope Francis, as well as these two medallions in silver and bronze.

MAURO OLIVIERI
Director, Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office
"John XXIII is represented with the pontifical tiara, which after his pontificate, during the pontificate of Paul VI, was never used again. He was the last one to use it. Meanwhile, John Paul II is shown with, let's call it the bishop's mitre, as the bishop of Rome.

Due to the nature of their unique work, this Vatican department works with the distant future in mind. But any unexpected change like a Pope's death or sede vacante can change their plans completely.

Case and point: this coin to mark the ninth year of Benedict XVI's pontificate, which never came to be. 


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