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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." 


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World Communications Day 2015
September 29, 2014. The Vatican announced that the theme for the World Communications Day 2015 will be Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place for Encounter with the Gift of Love

What did St. Anthony of Padua look like? 3D Technology gives us a glimpse

2014-06-11

This is what a group of scientists and designers started off with: They only had a digital copy of a skull. Their goal was to reconstruct the face of St. Anthony of Padua, just in time for his Feast Day on June 13th.  

It was a team effort that included the University of Padua's Anthropology Museum, the Antoniani Studies Center and a 3D tech group. Time was needed, but also patience and precision. 

Also known as St. Anthony of Lisbon, the Portuguese Franciscan friar spent the last two years of his life in Italy. He died in 1231 at the early age of 35. Known for his powerful preaching style and his knowledge of the Scriptures, he had the second fastest canonization in history, just a year after his death. He was then proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946. 

Worldwide he's called on by faithful to help find lost items. 

So the digital reconstruction of his face, roughly 800 years after his passing, isn't just a matter of curiosity. For many, it's also a matter of devotion. Putting a face to a long and moving history in the life of the Catholic Church, that can be traced even to this day: St. Anthony was a famous disciple of St. Francis of Assisi, the same name chosen by Pope Francis, to honor the late Franciscan friar. 

The reconstruction will be made public from June 12th to the 22nd next to the Basilica of St. Anthony in the city of Padua. 



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