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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
What can you do? That's the question Spanish NGO Manos Unidas wants people to ask themselves, when it comes to using resources.
President, Manos Unidas
"When we see so much need, we always blame others. But let's think about what each one of us can do. With our theme, 'A new world, a common project,' what we truly want is for each one of us to come up with a solution, and change how we go about using things, and how we live. This way we can end hunger in the world.”
The Madrid-based Catholic Charity has been working since 1960 with the "marginalized” people that Pope Francis talks about so often. His messages inspire them to keep up their work.
President, Manos Unidas
"Above all, we would love it if, in addition to admiring the Pope, people would do what he says. Then we would really be able to have a more equal and fair distribution of wealth.”
This year's campaign focuses on the eight Millennium Development Goal from the UN: to develop a global partnership for development. Manos Unidas works in several areas like education, health, social welfare and agricultural development. Their experience has shown them that, with commitment, it is possible to build a better world.
President, Manos Unidas
"We are perfectly aware that it is possible to rid the world of hunger, and we work towards that because we know it's possible. We're hopeful because, at Manos Unidas, we've seen that when we visit our projects. It gives us hope because we've found out that when things are done right, we're able to get rid of need.”
But, along with their optimism, they're also realistic. And so their plan is to raise awareness about hunger, which still affects about 840 million people worldwide. One of they ways, is by using powerful ads on poverty to get people's attention, and hopefully keeping it long enough for them to act on it.