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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Francis met for over three hours with six victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests, three men and three women, from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.
He met individually with each person for about half an hour, to listen to their stories and experiences.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
"It's not a superficial meeting, even the length of this meeting shows his commitment and intentions to listen, to understand. If was a mere formality, it would have been much shorter.”
The Vatican spokesperson explained that each individual meeting was highly moving, not just for the victims, but also for the Pope.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
"I can tell you that the feeling was mostly deep, positive and serene. We saw people that were deeply touched, happy and grateful for the chance to live out this moment, this meeting. Towards the end, I saw the Pope very emotional. Any person, any priest, any pastor that experiences a meeting of this nature, with people who have suffered greatly, with the wounds of the pain they've lived through, it's always an extremely taxing encounter.”
The six victims began arriving to Santa Marta on Sunday. Some were joined by their families. During dinner, the Pope greeted them briefly. On Monday, they took part in the morning Mass at Santa Marta, which also included the members of the Commission for the Protection of Minors.
This group, led by Boston Card. Sean O'Malley, met at the Vatican over the weekend. According to the Vatican spokesperson, they talked about naming delegates to other continents, as well as establishing work groups. The Commission will meet again in October.