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Missionaries of mercy from Hong Kong

HONG KONG (UCAN): Hong Kong is not divulging the identity of the priests who volunteered to be part of Pope Francis’ initiative to appoint missionaries of mercy—priests granted the special faculty to absolve sins normally reserved to the Holy See.

A chancery notice published on October 12, said that the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, will recommend one or two priests to enroll as missionaries of mercy.

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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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Asia and the synod on family life

MANILA (UCAN): Most of the prominent reports on the 2015 Synod of Bishops on Family Life were prepared by western journalists and in Asia we have to rely on their writings.

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A listening synod can be a sign to the nations

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis has described the process of synodal gatherings as a sign for our times, saying, “A synodal Church is a sign lifted up among the nations in a world which—while invoking participation, solidarity and transparency in public administration—often consigns the fate of entire populations into the greedy hands of small power groups.”








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Call to push for a value added synod

VATICAN (SE): “My father was a Christian political leader, who was imprisoned for 17 years by the Communists. My parents were engaged to marry, but their wedding took place 17 years later,” Anco-Maria Cernea, the president of Catholic Doctors of Romania, said in what many described as the best input at the Synod of Bishops on Family Life on October 15.

“My mother waited for my father, although she did not even know if he was alive or not,” she related.

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Synod’s confusion puts it in real life

VATICAN (SE): Interest in a quiet week at the Synod on Family Life being held at the Vatican from October 4 to 25 was sustained with the revelation a private letter was spirited to Pope Francis containing rumblings about rigged procedures in the synod to ensure the working paper has excessive influence on the final document (Relatio Finalis).








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Pope ticks Sustainable Development Goals

NEW YORK (SE): Pope Francis gave a tick to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were introduced by the United Nations during his visit to New York in the United States of America on September 25, to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year.

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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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Pope prays for victims of Turkish bombing

VATICAN (AsiaNews): Pope Francis expressed his great sorrow for the victims of what he described as the terrible massacre in Ankara, Turkey, when two bombs were detonated in the midst of a peaceful rally on October 10.

He called on everyone gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly midday prayer on October 11 to pray in silence for the dead, the wounded and bereaved families.

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