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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

Theologians and experts reflect on the life and works of Álvaro del Portillo

2014-03-18

The month of March marks 100 years since the birth of Álvaro del Portillo. The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross organized a conference to reflect on the life and works of the late prelate. 

For nearly 40 years, he worked alongside the founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaría Escrivá, eventually succeeding him. 

JOHN F. COVERDALE
Seton Hall University, New Jersey (USA)
"He had a very strong sense that his vocational life was to help Saint Josemaría, and to be available to him, even though much of the time he didn't do anything. He just listened.” 

MSGR. JOAQUIN ALONSO
 Alvaro del Portillo's Secretary 
"St. Augustine often said that humility is the foundation for charity and love. Don Alvaro showed great charity with all people.” 

He expanded the presence of Opus Dei in Northern and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, starting social programs along the way. 

LEON TSHILOLO
Monkole Medical Center (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
"The Monkole Medical Center was established thanks to Alvaro del Portillo. Back then, he met with the Vicar of Opus Dei in that area, to discuss how they could open a hospital in Kinshasa that offered quality heath care to everyone, but especially the needy.” 

After the death of St. Josemaría, he oversaw all the work, so that Opus Dei could become a personal prelature. He also helped new congregations establish their legal standing in the Church. 

SISTER AZUCENA MARÍA
Daughters of Holy Mary of the Heart of Jesus
"When visiting Rome, our mother superior, Maria de Jesus, would always meet with Don Alvaro del Portillo. She needed help with our institute and he helped us in the process, until the Holy See recognized it as autonomous.” 

Alvaro del Portillo died on March 23, 1994 at the age of 80, shortly after visiting the Holy Land. John Paul II who considered him a friend, prayed before his remains. Twenty years later, on September 27th, 2014, he will be beatified in his native city of Madrid. 


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