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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." 


Secretary of John Paul II: “He was like a father to us”

2014-04-22

Back in the 80's, Congolese Monsignor Emery Kabongo was working at the Vatican's Secretariat of State when he got a call from John Paul II

MSGR. EMERY KABONGO
Personal Secretary of John Paul II (1982-1987)
"My first memory of John Paul II was when he appointed me as his personal secretary, so that I could help his first secretary, Stanislaw Dziwisz. I didn't write a letter or ask for an appointment.  That's why I thank him for his Catholic mentality and for thinking that an African would be a good secretary.” 

He worked side by side with John Paul II from 1982 to 1987, traveling alongside the Pope in all his international trips. Monsignor Kabongo says there's one trip in particular that he will always remember. 

MSGR. EMERY KABONGO
Personal Secretary of John Paul II (1982-1987)
"During his trip to Colombia I got sick and I just remember waking up in the bed that had been prepared just in case the Pope didn't feel well. Especially since he could have trouble with the altitude. So the doctors took me to that room and I asked myself: 'How is it that I'm here?' It turns out it was John Paul II who asked them to put me in a safe place so that I could recover, and I stayed there for two days.” 

He acknowledges that working for John Paul II was quite demanding and rewarding: the Pope, he says, would always stay close to his collaborators. 

MSGR. EMERY KABONGO
Personal Secretary of John Paul II (1982-1987)
"He was like a father, for me and for the rest of the team. He never yelled or raised his voice at us-never.” 

Monsignor Kabongo is one of the people who shared their testimony in a book titled "Accanto Giovanni Paolo II.” It also features an interview where Benedict XVI talks about his relationship with the future saint. 


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