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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." 


Pope Francis will hold Confessions in St. Peter's Basilica

2014-03-26

Pope Francis often repeats that going to Confession isn't like a torture chamber. Now,  the Pontifical Council for Promoting of the New Evangelization wants everyone to know why.

This Council asked all dioceses to have at least one parish open all day and night on March 28, so that anyone can go to Confession. The initiative is called "24 hours for the Lord.”

ARCH. OCTAVIO RUIZ
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization
"We have the impression that the Sacrament of Penitence is like a washing machine for sins. Some think that you only have to go in front of a man, who is also a sinner, tell him your sins, blush a little bit, and sometimes even be willing to listen to very tough words. But Confession is something different: is where God embraces you and you open yourself to His Love.”

Pope Francis will support the initiative by administering confessions in St. Peter's Basilica.

The Pope, who admits he goes to Confession every two weeks, welcomed the idea.

ARCH. OCTAVIO RUIZ
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization
"He gave us his permission immediately and we started preparing everything two months ago. So we didn't have a lot of time to organize it really, but Pope Francis embraced the initiative fully and encouraged us to carry it on enthusiastically. We wrote a letter on his behalf to all dioceses inviting them to join in.”

It's the first time the Vatican launches an initiative of this kind, and it hopes it becomes a tradition. Specially the council wants to highlight that Confession is an important step in the Christian life. 



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