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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

More than 4,000 students celebrate the Holy Week with Pope Francis

2014-04-20

Every year, thousands of young people travel to Rome to spend Holy Week close to the Pope. These Spanish students were on a bus for more than 30 hours,  just to make it to the weekly General Audience.

"We come to take part in the UNIV Forum. It's an international conference for university students where we present some of our work, like video productions and share experiences. There are also debates...Really, a bit of everything. This year's theme is 'The Ecology of People and their Environment.'”

This conference first started back in 1968. Now students from more than 200 universities attend every year. They come to the Eternal City to discover its history, culture and spirituality.

This year, more than 4.000 students gathered in St. Peter's Square for the General Audience, so it was impossible for Pope Francis to greet them all personally. Still, some of them were lucky enough.

"I greeted him, and I asked him to pray for me and my family. He asked me to do the same... For a moment I didn't know what to say, but it was definitely very exciting!”

Before saying goodbye, Pope Francis welcomed them and encouraged them to take Holy Week seriously.

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"I am happy to welcome the participants of the UNIV conference, for university students... for university students, on the ecology of people and their environment, promoted by the Prelature of Opus Dei.”

As their trip comes to a close, they're looking forward to seeing the Eternal City a bit more and discovering everything it has to offer. 


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