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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. 

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Pope Francis cancels visit to Roman Hospital
June 27, 2014. Pope Francis cancelled his visit to the Roman Hospital Agostino Gemelli, due to a slight indisposition. Italian Cardinal Angelo Scola will preside over the Mass for the feast of the Sacred Heart at 16:30 and will read the homily Pope Francis had prepared for the ceremony.
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Ex-nuncio in Dominican Republic expelled from priesthood
June 27, 2014. Józef Wesołowski, accused of sexual abuse of minors, has been expelled from the priesthood. Following the sentence of the first canonical trial, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith determined his expulsion from the "clerical state”. He has two months from now to appeal the sentence. When the canonical sentence is definitive, criminal proceedings will continue in the civil courts of the Vatican. 

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Papal Appointments
June 27, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Steven John Raica as Bishop of Gaylord (USA).
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Pope's Schedule
June 26, 2014. Pope Francis will meet today with Cardinal Robert Sarah, Presidente of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum." Later on, he will meet Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and with Msgr. Alberto Bottari de Castello, Archbishop of Oderzo and Apostolic Nunzio to Hungary. Lastly, the Pope will also meet with Ketevane Bagration of Moukhrani, Georgia's Ambassador to the Holy See.

The miracle that led John Paul II to sainthood

2014-04-24

Hear the first hand account of the miracle that saved Floribeth Mora's life.
 
That's when one of the doctors came in and very clearly said...in fact it seemed somewhat cruel...He started explaining my illness. He drew  my artery when I was bed ridden, he drew it out on a paper and he told me I had a month to live. He told me, you may have a week more than that, or five minutes or an hour, but in a month the aneurism will explode and you will die. 

So my husband talked with our children. He told them, 'Mom is coming back home, but not for long... because she is going to die.' 

It was a very difficult moment in my life. I prayed to God and I prayed to John Paul II asking for his intercession. I did this from day one. I've always been a firm believer. Not just recently, but always. 

I asked John Paul II to help me and I prayed for his intercession. I would tell him 'John Paul II, John Paul II, you are so close to God, tell Him that I don't want to die. I don't want to leave my kids. The most important thing are my children and my family, this is my priority. 

Usually I wouldn't wake up all of a sudden, but that night I did. I grabbed the remote and turned on the television. I saw John Paul II's beatification, or part of it. I saw Benedict XVI and the cured nun carry his relic. Just as easily as I woke up, I went back to sleep. 

I woke up again at 8.00 am and this was the most important moment for me. That's when I heard a voice in my room, that said "Skeptic, get up.” I said to myself, 'My God, I'm here alone', but I hear this voice. It was a voice that clearly said 'Get Up.' 

It was difficult for me. I was scared because again, I was alone, but I heard that voice. I then heard it again. The voice told me, 'Get up and don't be afraid.' Immediately I saw a magazine cover, that may be insignificant to others, but not to me. 

It was propped over my television set. On the cover of that magazine was John Paul II. His hands were stretched out and I saw how his hands called me in, telling me to get up. And that's what I did. I said, "Yes, Sir.” 

I took the blanket off and I got up. I walked over to the kitchen and saw my husband. He told me, 'Honey, what are you doing here?' 'I told him, I feel fine.' 

It was something incredible. That force was so powerful that I no longer felt agony or fear. Instead I felt peace...A peace you can't even imagine. A peace that made it clear that I was healed. Days passed and from that day on, I've been standing. Through the honor and glory of God, I'm here now. 

I've always said, if you want to believe, well believe. But if you don't, then don't. I can't do more than that. The evidence is there. Those who want to believe, can. Those who don't want to, won't believe at any cost. So that is my only answer: Those who want to believe, should. Those who don't, won't.

I want to highlight that the most important person here, is not the person sitting in front of you. It's not me. The important thing here is the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII—they are the important ones.