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New congregation at Vatican gobbles up three others

VATICAN (SE): Coming up to the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life, Pope Francis announced that he is establishing a new Vatican congregation: the Congregation for Laity, Family and Life.

Vatican Radio reported on October 22 that the new congregation will replace the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Council for the Laity, and the Academy for Life.

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Fast-track annulments do not apply across the board

HONG KONG (SE): The Reform Process for Canon Causes of Declaration of Nullity of Marriage (Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus) issued by Pope Francis on August 15 this year simplifying the procedure of the marriage annulment processes in some circumstances may not be able to be used as widely as initially anticipated.

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Vatican’s secret meeting in Beijing

HONG KONG (SE): The unpublished meeting between a delegation from the Vatican and representatives from the Chinese government that took place in Beijing on October 11, is being seen as a sign that negotiations are moving forward, as Pope Francis commented on his return flight to Rome from the United States of America on September 27.

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All papal documents on communication online

VATICAN (AsiaNews): The Vatican presented a new online digital library geared to those interested and working in Catholic education and training centres at a press conference on September 30.

Known as the Baragli Project, the initiative makes the entire Pontifical Magesterium on communications from the first to the 21st century available online, featuring excerpts from more than 1,100 papal documents, including translations into various languages.

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Vatican and China Beijing meeting confirmed

HONG KONG (UCAN): A second round of China-Vatican talks has been held in Beijing, the Hong Kong-based Catholic news agency, UCAN, has been informed.

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Synod is a beginning not a final word

VATICAN (SE): A huge splash of green and scarlet welcomed the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life at St. Peter’s Basilica on October 4.

Pope Francis set the tone of the deliberations for the coming 21 days by reminding the fathers that the theme of the synod, The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world, is about solitude, love between man and woman and the family.

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United States and Cuba sign historic agreement at the Vatican

ROME (SE): On September 18, the day before Pope Francis departed from Rome on a visit to Cuba and the United States of America (US), the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, presided over the signing of an historic agreement between the two nations at the Vatican.

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Pope puts a freeze on monsignors

VATICAN (CWNews.com): Pope Francis announced on September 13 that he will stop conferring the title monsignor on priests. 

The Italian daily, Il Messagero, reported that shortly after his election, the pope instructed the Secretariat of State to stop approving requests for priests to be given the rank of monsignor.

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Interesting appointments at the Roman Curia

VATICAN (CWNews.com): The Vatican announced a series of key appointments in the Roman Curia on September 21, as Pope Francis began assembling his own Vatican leadership team.

The pope confirmed incumbent prefects of two Vatican congregations in their positions; Archbishop Gerhard Müller, in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and Fernando Cardinal Filoni, head of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

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We have a pope!

Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina, was elected as the 265th successor to St. Peter on March 13. He has chosen the name Francis and will be known to the world as Pope Francis.

The diocese of Hong Kong warmly welcomes Pope Francis and is asking people to pray for him as the leader of the Catholic Church.

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