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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." 


Pope's interview to Chilean TV: “When the Lord takes you by the hand, He never lets you go”

2014-04-23

Pope Francis addressed young people in a new interview, this one is shorter than usual, but nonetheless full of symbolism. Before meeting him at the Vatican, the Pope answered some question from Msgr. Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz, bishop of San Bernando, Chile. The TV channel for the diocese, Canal San Bernardo, broadcast the piece.


FULL TEXT OF THE INTERVIEW

Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz: Holy Father, in our countries there are many times a a lack vocations. You are well aware of this. What would you tell a young person who hears the call to priesthood or religious life?

Pope Francis: I would tell them: "Let Jesus look at you.” He is the one calling you: not the priest, not the bishop, not even the Pope. It's Jesus who is looking at him with love, who shows his people, their needs, and says: "If you want, you can help me.” So, I would tell them: "Let Jesus look at you.” That's what I think: "Let Jesus look at you sometime everyday.” That's the important thing.

Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz: And what if that young person who hears the call from God refuses or is scared of following it...?

Pope Francis: Jesus met someone like that Himself. The young man had all virtues of a good person, but in the end he didn't pursue it and Jesus was saddened. I would tell them: "Look, if you don't want to follow Him, you're free to do so, but look at the sadness within the Lord's heart. And all the sadness that will fill so many hearts because they won't have a priest to help them with their problems.”

Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz: Excellent.

Pope Francis: I hope they take the step. Don't be fools... Once the Lord takes you by the hand, He never lets you go.

Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz: Thank you, Holy Father.