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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." 


What's expected from the Pope's visit to South Korea?

2014-04-14

Pope Francis has officially announced that he will visit South Korea in August. It will be for Asian Youth Day, where thousands of young adults from that very country, will come together to learn more about their faith and how to live it on a daily basis. 

FR. DON JONG-SU JOHN KIM
Rector, Pontifical Korean College (Rome) 
"It's not easy for Koreans to find stability right now or even employment. So even though not all of them may go to church, they're all looking for a role model and a Church that understands them.” 

About 10 percent of the population is Catholic, making it the third most popular faith in South Korea. First is Buddhism, followed by protestant denominations. Fr. Kim says all of them are eager to welcome Pope Francis for the first time. 

FR. DON JONG-SU JOHN KIM
Rector, Pontifical Korean College (Rome) 
"Korea is looking forward to this visit. In fact, Koreans are hoping he will promote peace and justice in the country, but also internationally between North and South Korea.” 

As part of the visit, the Pope will preside over the beatification ceremony of South Korea's first martyr, Pablo Yun Ji -chung. He will be beatified along with 123 of his late colleagues who gave their life for their faith. 

FR. DON JONG-SU JOHN KIM
Rector, Pontifical Korean College (Rome)
"They first introduced Catholicism in Korea because they thought it was a type of Western science, or topic, so to speak. But once they started studying it, they found their faith.” 

In the past 25 years,  the number of Catholics in South Korea has increased from three million to roughly five million people. 


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