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Pope visits Evangelical pastor in Caserta
July 28, 2014. Pope Francis spent most of Monday in Caserta, for a private visit to an Evangelical church in the city. At 10:15, he took off from the Vatican. When he landed, the Pope headed directly to the Pentecostal Church of the Reconcilation, where he met privately with Pastor Giovanni Traettino. After their meeting, Pope Francis also met with the congregation at the church, and had lunch with them. He flew back to the Vatican in the afternoon. 
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What’s for Lunch?
July 25th, 2014. This afternoon Pope Francis surprised Vatican employees by walking into the cafeteria to have lunch with workers from the Vatican’s pharmacy. He arrived at roughly 12. 10pmHe grabbed his own tray and waited in line for his turn. He ate pasta, fish, vegetables and some french fries.  Once he sat down, he talked with employees about their work, family and soccer. About 40 minutes later, after taking a group picture, the Pope returned to his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The cashier said she didn’t have the heart to charge the Pope for his meal. 
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Pope to visit U.S
July 25, 2014. Although already expected, now it has been officially announced that Pope Francis is indeed planning on visiting the American city of Philadelphia to lead the World Meeting of Families. The city’s Archbishop, Arch. Charles Chaput, said the Pope accepted to invitation to attend the event which will run from September 22nd to the 27th of next year. 


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Pope sends condolences to victims of Mail plane crash
July 25, 2014. Pope Francis expressed his condolences to victims of a plane crash in Mali, which killed 116 people. The Pope said he was close to the families of the victims, and that he prayed so that God would take in the dead, and give hope and comfort to everyone affected. Secretary of State Pietro Parolin issued the telegram, on behalf of the Pope to the archbishop of Algiers, Msgr. Ghaleb Bader.


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New Bishops in the Phillipines and Chile
July 25, 2014. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. Pacino Aniceto, Archbishop of San Fernando (Phillipines). He has approved the nomination of Msgr. Florentino Galang Lavarias, to take on that role. He also accepted the resignation of Msgr. Jose R. Manguiran, Bishop of the Diocese of Dipolog (Phillipines). He will be replaced by Msgr. Severo Caermare. He has also accepted the nomination of Celestino Aos Braco, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Copiapo in Chile.
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MatchForPeace tickets on sale
July 25, 2014. Big soccer stars will be coming to Rome to play an inter-religious match in honor of Pope Francis. Players include Messi, Buffon, Zidane, Zanetti, Roberto Baggio, Pirlo, Yuto Nagatomo and Eto. Tickets will be on sale starting on  July 25th. The game will be played on September 1st, in Rome’s Olympic Stadium. All proceeds will be donated to Scholas Occurrentes, a  Papal education program for marginalized youths. 
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Pope appoints auxiliary bishop to Syro-Malabar eparchy in Chicago
July 24, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Joy Alappat as the new auxiliary bishop of the St. Thomas Syro-Mabalar Catholic Diocese of Chicago (USA). Up until now, Msgr. Alappat served as the rector for the eparchy's cathedral. 

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Pope offers condolences to victims of Taiwan plane crash
July 24, 2014. Pope Francis expressed his "heartfelt condolences" to the families of victims of a Taiwanese plane crash, which killed at least 47 people. The Pope said he was praying for everyone "affected by this tragedy." Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent the telegram, on behalf of Pope Francis, to the archbishop of Taipei, Msgr. John Hung Shan-chuan.
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Sudanese woman accussed of apostasy lands in Rome
July 24, 2014. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy for marrying a Christian, arrived in Rome on Thursday morning. She and her family are on her way to the United States, but will remain in Rome for several days. After an appeals court overturned her sentence, Meriam took refuge at the American embassy in Sudan, which helped her leave the country. She left on board an Italian government plane. Officials hinted at the possibility that Meriam will meet with the Pope, though the Vatican has not confirmed that information. 
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#Livelife
Pope Francis is calling for the respect of life, especially the life of the most vulnerable. Pope Francis marked the coming ‘Day for Life’ by sending a message to the Church of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

The theme of this year’s Day for Life is: Protect and Cherish Life. It will be celebrated on July 27th. 

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Pope's schedule for pastoral visit to Caserta
July 21, 2014. On Saturday, July 26, Pope Francis will make a brief pastoral visit to Caserta, in southern Italy. He will leave the Vatican at 3PM, arriving in the city 45 minutes later. At 4PM, he will meet with priests from the diocese at the Royal Palace of Caserta. Then, at 6PM, he will preside Mass at the round plaza in front of the palace. Once Mass ends, he will take from the palace at 7:30PM, and is expected to arrive at the Vatican at 8:45PM.
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Vatican issues message to Muslims for end of Ramadan
July 18, 2014. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue issued a message congratulating "Muslim brothers and sisters" on the feast of 'Id Al-Fitr, which marks the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan. In the message, Card. Jean-Louis Tauran invokes John Paul II and Pope Francis' words in calling for greater respect, and cooperation, "especially in areas where Muslims and Christians together suffer the horrors of war." The message also calls for greater dialogue, in order to "diminish tension and conflict, and advance the common good." Read the full message here.
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Pope will visit Caserta on July 26 and 28
July 17, 2014. The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis will visit Caserta, in southern Italy, on July 26 and 28. That saturday, we will meet with the city's priests, and celebrate Mass at 6PM. Two days later, on Monday, he will return for a private visit to his friend, Evangelical Pastor Giovanni Traettino.
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Gaza: Charity Office Closed
July 17, 2014. Catholic Charity, Caritas, has decided to temporarily closes its offices in Gaza. Due to the rising violence between Israel and Palestine, the staff was transferred to Jerusalem. 

Caritas manages a mobile clinic in the area, as well as a health center. It also provides physiological support for victims of war.  
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Pope names bishops to Brazil and Peru, and delegate to OAS
July 16, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Juan Carlos Vera Plasencia as the bishop for the Military Ordinariate of Peru: as well as Msgr. Tarcísio Scaramussa as the co-adjuntor bishop of Santos (Brazil). He also nominated Msgr. Bernardito Sauza as the permanent observer to the Organization of American States. He is, currently, the permanent observer to the United Nations in New York. 
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Immigration
July 15, 2014. In light of the high flux of migrant children who are crossing into the U.S unaccompanied, Pope Francis issued a message which was read during an immigration forum in Mexico. 

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New Bishops in Germany and China
July 11, 2014. Pope Francis has named German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, as the new Archbishop of Cologne

He also named three auxiliary Bishops in Hong Kong, China: Michael Yeung Ming-Cheung, Stephen Lee Bun Sang  and Joseph Ha Chi.shing.  

Anselmo Guido Pecorari was named Nuncio of Macedonia and Jorge Anibal Quintero has been appointed Bishop of Barcelona in Venezuela

In India, Ignatius D’Souza has been named Bishop of Bareilly and latstly, Cajetan Francis Osta, has been named Bishop of Mazaffarpur.
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Tourism
July 11, 2014. In light of World Tourism Day, on September 27th, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, issued a message that highlights the connection between tourism, community development and the social teachings of the Catholic Church. 

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Pope names bishop to Tanzania, apostolic vicar to Colombia
July 10, 2014. Pope Francis named Fr. Joseph Mlola as the new bishop to the diocese of Kigoma (Tanazania). He also appointed Fr. Luis Horacio as the apostolic vicar to Puerto Gaitan (Colombia).
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Seven new Venerables
June 9, 2014. Pope Francis has signed a new decree, declaring seven new venerables of the Catholic Church. They are from Portugal, Spain, France, Turkey and Italy. 

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How much money did the Vatican make in 2013?
July 8, 2014. The Vatican published its annual consolidated finanacial statements for the Holy See and the Vatican City State. The 2013 budget for the Holy See, largely consisting of operational expenses for the Roman Curia and its nunciatures, showed a negative balance of EUR 24.5 million. However, dioceses around the world donated EUR 22,435,359, while the Vatican Bank contributed EUR 50 million. The budget for the Vatican City State, which includes the Vatican Museum and the administration of Vatican territory, ended with a surplus of EUR 33 million. 
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Pope names bishops to Switzerland, Nigeria and Peru
July 8, 2014. Pope Francis named Fr. Abbot Jean-Marie Lovey as the new bishop of Sion (Switzerland). Up until now, he had served as the Superior General of the Congreation for the Canons Regular of the Great St. Bernard. He also named Fr. Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe as the new coadjuntor bishop of Makurdi (Nigeria), who until now was the military chaplain. Lastly, the Pope named Fr. David Martinez de Aguirre Guinea as the coadjuntor bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Maldonado (Peru). 
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Pope appoints new bishop in Panama
July 7, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Fr. Manuel Ochogavía Barahona as the new bishop to the diocese of Colón - Kuna Yala (Panama). Up until now, the Augustinian priest has been the prior, chancellor and parish priest for the diocese of Chitré. 
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Papal Appointments
July 04, 2014. The Pope has appointed Eduardo Eliseo Martín, who until now has served as bishop of Villa de la Concepción del Río Cuarto, as archbishop of Rosario (Argentina). In Portugal, the Pope has appointed António Manuel Moiteiro Ramos, who until now has served as auxiliary bishop of Braga, as bishop of the diocese of Aveiro.
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Pope appoints bishops to USA, France, Malasya and Ghana
July 3, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. George William Coleman, and accepted Msgr. Edgar M. de Cunha as the new bishop of Fall River (USA). He also appointed Msgr. Jean-Paul Gusching as the bishop of Verdun (France), who will replace Msgr. François Maupu. Pope Francis also designated: Fr. Julian Leow Beng Kim as the archbishop of Kuala Lumpur (Malasya); and Fr. John Bonaventure Kwofie as the bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi (Ghana).

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Pope appoints new permanent observer to the UN
July 1, 2014. The Pope appointed Bernardito C. Auza as the Holy See's new Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York. Up until now, Auza had served as apostolic nuncio to Haiti. He was born in the Philippines in 1959. He takes over for Francis Chullikatt, who held this position since 2010.

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Cardinals Council meeting begins

July 1, 2014. The Council of Cardinals began their fifth meeting with the Pope at the Vatican. Starting today at Casa Santa Marta, it will end on Friday, July 4. The previous meetings were from 1 to 3 October 2013, 3 -5 December 2013, from 17 to 19 February 2014 and 28 to 30 April 2014.



 

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Former General Director of Legionaries of Christ passes away in Mexico
July 1, 2014. Alvaro Corcuera served as General Director of Regnum Christi and the Legionaries of Christ from 2005 until 2014. After a long battle with cancer he died yesterday in Mexico. His final resting place will be in the Panteón Francés (French Cemetery) in San Joaquín, Mexico City. 

Key gestures in the life of John Paul II

2014-04-23

It took 26 years and 5 months for John Paul II to forever change the way the world saw a Pope.

The media recorded every moment of this revolution: From his strong personality and dedication to his more personal side. 

-A Smiling Pope
April 1989

The Pope definitely wasn't afraid to smile. When this clown performed a skit, he couldn't help but laugh. It was a known fact that he had a great sense of humor and also that he loved theater and sports. 

-Athletic Pope 

Exercising was much more than just a hobby. He was the youngest Pope of have ever been elected in the 20th century and exercise was quite important to him. From going up to stairs to covering two full steps at a time. At least once he left the Vatican incognito, to go skiing and hiking. It was a place where he could clear his mind and meditate. 

-Sweet

When it comes to moving moments, there's plenty to choose from. He wouldn't shy away from giving hugs, like this one, with a Bolivian mine-worker. 

May 11, 1988 Oruru (Bolivia)

"We miners want you to wear this helmet so you can become a miner, just like us. We believe in God, Holy Father.”

-Tough 

But just as easily, the Pope also showed his strong character, frustration and even anger. 

1983 Nicaragua

Perhaps the most memorable public moment was when Nicaraguan priest, Ernesto Cardinal was scolded by the Pope, as he knelt down and kissed his hand. The priest had become involved with the Sandinista government which tried to limit the role of the Catholic Church in that country. 

-Forgiveness 

One of the moments that marked his pontificate was when he met and forgave the man who tried to kill him back on May 13th, 1981. 

Not only did the Pope forgive Ali Agca, he also met with his mother in 1996, when she asked him to support her son's amnesty request.  

-Asking for Forgiveness 

He started the New Millennium with a one of a kind ceremony. In the year 2000, he led Mass at St Peter's Basilica, where he asked God to forgive the Church for all the sins it had carried out in history. From the Inquisition or the persecution of Jews. 

During his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he left a prayer petition in the Wailing Wall, where he also asked for forgiveness. The document is now part of the Holocaust Museum.

-Embrace 

John Paul II showed compassion and understanding. He was Pontiff for almost 27 years. With more than 200 trips throughout the world, he hugged thousands of people along the way. 

One of those unforgettable moments was when he blessed a former prostitute with AIDS in the 2000 Jubilee.

-Old Friends 

Just like any other person, John Paul II had friends. One of them was a woman he used to share the spot light with in plays. Over the years, they remained friends, even when Karol Wojtyla was ordained priest and eventually became Pope.

-A Living Testimony

As he got older, it was harder for him to walk and even talk...Still, he kept that deep connection with the youth. During his last trip to Spain in 2003, he had a touching conversation with the young crowd. 

JOHN PAUL II
May 3, 2003. Madrid (Spain)
"So...How old is the Pope? Almost... A young 83 year-old!

-Last Message 

Eventually, age and illness took over the energetic and strong John Paul II... Still, he continued to travel the world, never hiding his limits from the eyes of the world.

His strongest message was perhaps his life: A silent cry that moved forward, and echoed in the hearts of thousands of people.


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