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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." 


How's Benedict XVI doing? Georg Gänswein talks about the Pope Emeritus

2014-06-07

He's one of Benedict XVI's closest collaborators and one of the few people who see him everyday. So whenever Msgr. Georg Gänswein attends a public event, he's constantly asked about the Pope emeritus. 

MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEIN
Prefect of the Papal Household
"He's doing fine. He is an 87 year old man. His mind in still sharp. His legs are a bit weak, but he's doing well.” 

Gänswein, is also the Vatican´s Prefect of the Papal Household. During a conference on  Papal communication styles, at the University of the Holy Cross, he talked about the papacy of Benedict XVI. 

MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEIN
Prefect of the Papal Household
"He talked to the mind, but through that he would move the heart. Anyone who knows him closely understands this.” 

But his seven year pontificate had its challenges and even critics. Gänswein says a large part of that was caused by prejudice. 

MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEIN
Prefect of the Papal Household
"After his Regensburg speech on September 12, 2006, the prejudice against him was always there. It was always present unfortunately. Always.”

Even amid challenges, Gänswein says the Pope emeritus always faced the situations head on and without aggression. 

MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEIN
Prefect of the Papal Household
"He faced suffering, but he never lashed out or attacked. He never did that. On the contrary, he responded with humbleness, clarity and authenticity. And he never ignored real problems.” 

As the Prefect of the Papal Household, Gänswein is in charge of coordinating the Pope's daily schedule. It was his task with Benedict XVI and now again with Pope Francis. 

When it comes to insiders, Gänswein has a front row seat. He's the first person to work for two living Popes on a daily basis. 


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