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« Reply #5860 on: December 16, 2017, 09:52:04 PM »

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Capping years-long effort, Holy See’s now-consolidated media organs relaunch as @VaticanNews… with an overhauled web presence: http://bit.ly/2AZyjTa
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« Reply #5861 on: December 16, 2017, 10:04:09 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2017-12/pope-italian-periodicals-weeklies-news-.html

Pope urges precise and complete news reporting
16 December 2017, 14:07

Pope Francis meeting representatives of Italy's periodicals and Catholic weeklies, on Dec. 16, 2017
by Robin Gomes
Pope Francis has urged that "news be communicated with serenity, precision and completeness, using a calm ‎language in favour of a fruitful reflection; thoughtful and clear words, which reject the tempers of ‎allusive, clamorous and ambiguous speech,  Pope Francis told representatives of Italian periodicals on Saturday.  “It is important that the criteria of judgment and information are offered patiently and methodically so that ‎public opinion is able to understand and discern, and is not stunned and disoriented,” the Pope told some 350 members of the Italian Periodical Press Union (USPI) and the Italian Federation of Catholic Weeklies (FISC) who met him in the Vatican.

Reliable information close to reality

The Pope told them that they have a mission to inform properly, to offer everyone a version of the facts as close as possible to reality.  “Your free and responsible voice,” he said, “is fundamental for the growth of any society that wants to be called democratic, so that a continuous exchange of ideas and a profitable debate based on real and correctly reported data are assured.
 
Respect for dignity of persons

The Holy father also urged that the right to information and the dignity of every single human person be “scrupulously respected” so no one risks being damaged in the absence of real and responsible circumstantial evidence. He said, “There is no need to fall into the ‘sins of communications’: misinformation, that is saying only a part which is calumny and which is sensational, or defamation that seeks out things past and old and bringing them to light today.”  “They are very grave sins that damage the heart of the journalist and damage the people,”  the Pope added.
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« Reply #5862 on: December 17, 2017, 11:41:13 AM »

https://zenit.org/articles/popes-greeting-to-children-assisted-by-santa-martas-pediatric-dispensary/

Pope Francis Celebrates 81st Birthday With Children and Pizza 
Pope Meets Children Assisted by Santa Marta’s Pediatric Dispensary
December 17, 2017

At 10:30 this morning, the Holy Father Francis received in audience, in Paul VI Hall, the children assisted by “Saint Martha’s” Paediatric Dispensary.

Here is a ZENIT translation of the Pope’s impromptu greeting to the volunteers, the parents and all the children present.
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The Holy Father’s Greeting

Good morning! Children’s joy . . . Children’s joy is a treasure — joyful children . . . And we must do everything we can so that they continue to be joyful, because joy is like good earth. A joyful soul is like a good earth, which makes life grow well, with good fruits. And that’s why this celebration is being held: the closeness of Christmas is always sought to gather us to hold this celebration for them.
 
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« Reply #5863 on: December 17, 2017, 12:05:48 PM »

https://zenit.org/articles/on-bambinelli-sunday-pope-gives-children-advice-for-praying-in-front-of-baby-jesus/

On Bambinelli Sunday, Pope Gives Children Advice for Praying in Front of Baby Jesus 
A Week Ahead of Christmas, Francis Also Warns Against Taking Jesus Out of Christmas
December 17, 2017

In order to help faithful and little ones prepare for the true meaning of Christmas, Pope Francis has given faithful,  and little ones, advice, during today’s Angelus.

Today, Gaudete Sunday, is the traditional Bambinelli Sunday, when children from across Italy bring their figurines of the Baby Jesus for a blessing at the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square
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In his address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis  reminded faithful that the past Sundays, the liturgy has stressed what it means to put oneself in an attitude of vigilance, and what it entails concretely to prepare the way of the Lord.

However, in this Third Sunday of Advent, called the “Sunday of joy,” the Pope noted, “the liturgy invites us to receive the spirit with which all this happens, that is, exactly, joy. Saint Paul invites us to prepare the coming of the Lord by assuming three attitudes: constant joy, persevering prayer and constant thanksgiving.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-gaudete-sunday/
Angelus Address: On Gaudete Sunday 
December 17, 2017

https://zenit.org/articles/during-angelus-pope-appeals-for-kidnapped-nigerian-nuns-to-be-returned-home/
During Angelus, Pope Appeals for Nuns Kidnapped in Nigeria to Be Returned Home 
December 17, 2017

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"POPE FRANCIS ANGELUS 2017- 12-17" 
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« Reply #5864 on: December 18, 2017, 04:35:59 PM »

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Pope at Mass: Joseph, example of a man who took nothing for himself
18 December 2017, 12:09

Pope Francis preaches the homily during the Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on 18 December 2017
In the homily at the morning Mass, Pope Francis said Saint Joseph “took up” the fatherhood of Jesus, “a paternity that was not his own, but God’s.”

By Christopher Wells

In difficulties, in troubles, in darkness, we learn from St Joseph who knew “how to walk in darkness,” “how to listen to the voice of God,” “how to go forward in silence.” That was Pope Francis’ reflection during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, commenting on the day’s Gospel. Jesus, he explained, was born of Mary, the spouse of Joseph, the son of David.
 
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« Reply #5865 on: December 18, 2017, 08:19:12 PM »

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Treat saints' relics right, says new Vatican directive

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2017 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The relics of Christian saints and blesseds deserve special care and their authenticity must be certified by the Church, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has said.

“Relics in the Church have always received particular veneration and attention, because the bodies of saints and blesseds, destined for resurrection, were on earth the living temple of the Holy Spirit and the instruments of their sanctity, recognized by the apostolic see through beatification and canonization,” said the Dec. 16 instruction from the congregation.

The instruction was sent to Catholic bishops, eparchs, and those who take part in procedures related to relics of saints, blesseds and those declared venerable and servants of God, Vatican News reports.

It contains 38 separate items. Among its directives: relics of saints and blesseds that lack a certificate from church authority cannot be exposed for the veneration of the faithful.
 

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« Reply #5866 on: December 19, 2017, 05:54:37 PM »

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Pope Francis: ‘Fruitfulness is a blessing’
19 December 2017, 14:19 
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta
Pope Francis on Tuesday told the faithful that God is fruitful and wants us to be so too, living for others and giving life.

Speaking during the homily at morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope invited those present to contemplate the empty cradle that is awaiting the Child and to make sure that are hearts so not stay closed like a museum specimen

Sterility and fruitfulness were the two words at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily as he reflected on the births of Samson and of John the Baptist, both of them borne to sterile women, as recounted in the readings of the day.

He commented on how in those days sterility was considered a shame while the birth of a child was seen as a grace and a gift from God.

In the Bible, he said, there are many sterile women who desire a child, and mothers who mourn the loss of their son because they are left without descendants, like Sarah, Noemi, Hannah, Elizabeth, etc.…

Fruitfulness in the Bible is a blessing

The first commandment that God gave to our fathers, the Pope said, was “Fill the earth, be fruitful!” and he said that “Where there is God there is fruitfulness”.

The Pope said there are countries that come to mind “that have chosen the path of sterility and suffer from that serious disease that it a demographic winter (…) They do not have children”.
 
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« Reply #5867 on: December 19, 2017, 06:00:44 PM »

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Pope receives King Abdullah II of Jordan in Audience
19 December 2017, 14:21

Pope Francis with King Abdullah II of Jordan
By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis on Tuesday received King Abdullah II of Jordan in an audience at the Vatican.

In a communique following the audience, the Holy See Press office said the “cordial conversations focused above all on the theme of the promotion of peace and stability in the Mideast, with particular reference to the question of Jerusalem and the role of the Hashemite Sovereign as Custodian of the Holy Places.”

The communique continued, “In this context, the commitment was renewed to encourage negotiations among the interested parties, as well as promoting inter-religious dialogue.”

Finally, the Press Office stated that the conversation touched on “the importance of helping Christians remain in the Middle East.” The two leaders also spoke of “the positive contributions” Christians “bring to the societies of the region, of which they are an integral part.”
 
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« Reply #5868 on: December 19, 2017, 06:05:04 PM »

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Pope takes 27 candidates a step closer to sainthood‎
19 December 2017, 12:48 
by Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Monday took 27 men and women a step closer to sainthood.  The Pope received Card. Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and authorized him to promulgate 12 decrees regarding 22 men and 5 women from as many as 8 nations.  They concern 3 miracles, a martyrdom and 8 heroic virtues.  Nineteen candidates, including 3 miracles and the martyrdom of 16,  have been cleared for Beatification, the penultimate stage before Canonization or sainthood.

Fr. Patrick Peyton

Among the 12 is the decree on the heroic virtues of the noted “Rosary Priest”, Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton of the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC).

Born on 9 January, 1909 at Carracastle, Ireland, Fr. Peyton died on 3 June, 1992, in San Pedro, US.  Fr. Peyton is the founder of the "Family Rosary Crusade."  He was the first to proclaim the phrases "The family that prays together stays together" and "A world at prayer is a world at peace.”

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński
 
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« Reply #5869 on: December 19, 2017, 06:08:49 PM »

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Pope Francis to visit Italian Padre Pio sites in March
19 December 2017, 12:30

Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit in the footsteps of St. (Padre) Pio of Pietrelicina on 17 March 2018.

A statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, says the Holy Father is to visit the Italian towns of Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo on 17 March 2018.

The year marks the 100th anniversary of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina receiving the stigmata, as well as the 50th anniversary of his death.
 
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« Reply #5870 on: December 20, 2017, 01:21:51 PM »

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Pope's catechesis: Mass is an encounter of love with Christ
20 December 2017, 10:54

Pope Francis delivers his catechesis during the General Audience on 20 December 2017  (AFP or licensors)
By Christopher Wells

At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Mass, beginning a series of reflections on the various parts of the liturgy.

The different elements of the Mass, including Liturgy of the Word and the Eucharistic Liturgy, with the introductory rites and the rites of conclusion, form a single body “and cannot be separated,” he said. Nonetheless, the Holy Father said he wanted to explain the various moments, “each one of which is capable of touching and involving a dimension of our humanity.”

“It is necessary to understand these holy signs,” he continued, “in order to fully live the Mass and to savour all of its beauty.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/general-audience-on-holy-mass-rites-of-introduction/
GENERAL AUDIENCE (FULL TEXT): On Holy Mass’ Rites of Introduction 
December 20, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eia04gPV_pM
Pope Francis General Audience 2017 -12-20
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« Reply #5871 on: December 20, 2017, 01:36:36 PM »

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US Cardinal Bernard Law dead at 86
20 December 2017, 08:27

The late US Cardinal Bernard Francis Law celebrating Mass on 11 April 2005  (2005 AFP)

Cardinal Bernard Francis Law has died in Rome following a long illness. Archbishop emeritus of Boston and Archpriest emeritus of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, he was 86 years old. Ordained priest in 1961, he was appointed Archbishop of Boston in 1984 where he worked to promote ecumenical dialogue and Catholic-Jewish relations. In 2002 he resigned from his position in Boston following accusations that he had covered up cases of abuse against minors.
 
http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2017-12/pope-sends-condolences-upon-death-of-cardinal-law.html
Pope sends condolences upon death of Cardinal Law
20 December 2017, 15:09 
 
Funeral services

The Vatican’s Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations said funeral services for Cardinal Law will take place in St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday, 21 December.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano will preside over the Mass, while Pope Francis will celebrate the rites of Commendatio and Valedictio.

Please find below the English-language translation of the Pope’s telegramme:
 

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« Reply #5872 on: December 21, 2017, 02:07:22 PM »

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Pope at Casa Santa Marta: Christians should be joyful
21 December 2017, 12:59 

Pope Francis gives the homily during the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta (file photo)
In his homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called on Christians to be joyful, and said pessimism is not Christian.

Translated by Christopher Wells

Contrasting the joyful countenance of a person who has been forgiven and redeemed, with the face of someone attending a wake, Pope Francis delivered a homily on the joy that springs from the forgiveness of sin and the closeness of the Lord. Both the first Reading and Gospel for the day speak of the profound joy that comes from within, which is very different from the pleasure that we feel at a party. The whole liturgy cries out, “Rejoice, rejoice!”
 
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« Reply #5873 on: December 21, 2017, 02:23:24 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2017-12/pope-francis-vatican-employees-christmas-irregular-labour.html

Pope Francis shares Christmas greetings with Vatican employees
21 December 2017, 15:43 

Pope Francis met with Vatican employees on Thursday to exchange Christmas greetings, during which he made several off-the-cuff remarks.

By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Thursday exchanged Christmas greetings with Vatican employees thanking them for the work they do.  “Work is the first word that I tell you, not to tell you to work more, but to tell you ‘Thank you!,” he told employees and their families gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.
 

Video at the link below:
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« Reply #5874 on: December 21, 2017, 02:42:32 PM »

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https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/12/21/pope-curia-betrayers-trust-frustrating-vatican-reform/
Pope to Curia: ‘Betrayers of trust’ are frustrating Vatican reform
]John L. Allen Jr.  Dec 21, 2017

ROME - From the beginning, Pope Francis has been a maverick leader, running against “the system” and making it clear he’s got no special loyalty to the Roman Curia, meaning the ecclesiastical bureaucracy in the Vatican. As a result, his annual Christmas speech to the curia has become an anxiety-inducing event for many, wondering what new ways the boss might find this time to excoriate and cajole them.

This year, however, Francis didn’t seem to have the curia tout court in his sights, so much as elements within it that he seems to believe are creating obstacles to his desired reforms.

As he characteristically does in these settings, Francis came out firing on Thursday, quoting a famed 19th century Belgian papal statesman named Frédéric-François-Xavier De Mérode: “Implementing reforms in Rome is like cleaning the Egyptian Sphinx with a toothbrush.” (The line did not, for the record, draw a laugh from the pontiff’s audience Thursday morning.)

It was a back-handed way for the pontiff to concede that his much-vaunted clean-up operation in the Vatican has been uneven, perhaps never more so than in the past year, which saw promised reforms stalled and key personnel depart under mysterious circumstances. At the moment, two of the three key agencies created by Francis in 2014 to lead his financial reform, the Secretariat for the Economy and the independent Auditor General’s office, are without their senior leadership, while real power had steadily re-accumulated in the Secretariat of State.

On those departures of Vatican officials, Francis was even more blunt than usual in denouncing former employees who’ve been ousted and who’ve gone on to charge that they fell victim to an anti-reform “old guard.”

Speaking of people who allow themselves to be corrupted, Francis then said with some evident bitterness: “When they are delicately removed, they erroneously declare themselves martyrs of the system, of a ‘non-informed Pope,’ of the ‘old guard’ … instead of reciting the mea culpa.”
 
http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2017-12/pope-francis--christmas-greetings-to-roman-curia--full-text.html
Pope Francis' Christmas greetings to Roman Curia: full text
21 December 2017, 11:08

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« Reply #5875 on: December 21, 2017, 06:55:39 PM »

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Pope Francis takes part in the funeral ceremony for late Cardinal Bernard Law, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia.)

https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/12/21/senior-vatican-figure-says-laws-funeral-even-cardinals-make-mistakes/
Senior Vatican figure says at Law’s funeral, ‘Even cardinals make mistakes’
John L. Allen Jr.  Dec 21, 2017

ROME - Before an unusually small congregation of mourners, albeit one that featured U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich and her husband, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a funeral Mass for Cardinal Bernard Law was celebrated behind the main altar in St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday afternoon.

Pope Francis took part in the ritual, not celebrating the Mass but offering final prayers at the end, reading the prescribed prayers for the final commendation of the deceased to God and the final valediction.

The Vatican’s foreign minister, British Archbishop Richard Paul Gallagher, was also on hand for the funeral Mass.
 
In his homily on Thursday for the funeral Mass, Sodano appeared to allude to Law’s association with the abuse scandals in the United States, saying that cardinals too make mistakes and fail, and adding that’s why Catholics include a confession of sins at the beginning of every Mass.

One of the opening prayers for the Mass read: “O God, who chose your servant Cardinal Bernard Law from among your priests and endowed him with pontifical dignity in the apostolic priesthood, grant, we pray, that he may also be admitted to their company forever.”

Thursday’s Mass was not broadcast over any of the Vatican’s media services, as funeral Masses for deceased cardinals generally aren’t carried, and likewise Sodano’s homily was not distributed through Vatican media channels.
 

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/8297/funeral-mass-for-cardinal-law-even-cardinals-make-mistakes-
21 December 2017 | by Ruth Gledhill   
Funeral Mass for Cardinal Law: even cardinals make mistakes
 
Pope Francis prayed at the end: "May he be given a merciful judgment so that redeemed from death, freed from punishment, reconciled to the Father, carried in the arms of the Good Shepherd, he may deserve to enter fully into everlasting happiness in the company of the eternal King together with all the saints."
 
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http://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2017-12/fr--cantalamessa-preaches-2nd-advent-sermon.html

Fr. Cantalamessa preaches 2nd Advent Sermon
22 December 2017, 13:46

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, preaches on the final Friday of Advent, 2017  (Vatican Media)

We bring you the official English translation of the full text of the sermon prepared and delivered by the Preacher of the Papal Household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap., on Friday, December 22, 2017, in the Redemptoris Mater chapel of the Apostolic Palace.

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcap
“CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY AND TODAY AND FOR EVER” (Heb 13:8 )

The Omnipresence of Christ in Time
 
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« Reply #5877 on: December 22, 2017, 06:16:29 PM »

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Pope receives credential letters of new US Ambassador to Holy See
22 December 2017, 12:48

Callista Gingrich, new US Ambassador to the Holy See, presents her credential letters to Pope Francis  (Vatican Media @L'Osservatore Romano)

The new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista L. Gingrich, presented her credential letters to Pope Francis on Friday morning.

The ceremony took place in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

Her main responsibility as Ambassador will be to serve as the liaison between the Holy See and the U.S. Government.

Ms. Gingrich was nominated to the post by U.S. President Donald Trump in May and confirmed by the Senate on 16 October.

A communiqué released by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See provides a brief biography:
 
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« Reply #5878 on: December 22, 2017, 08:10:01 PM »

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The Pope confirms Guido Marini as his Master of Ceremonies
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Pope Francis and his master of ceremonies, Guido Marini

The Pope did not change his Master of ceremonies and, already three months ago, he reconfirmed for another 5 years, Monsignor Guido Marini, from Genoa, at the head of the office of the papal liturgical celebrations since 2007

In recent weeks, even though Marini had been already re-confirmed, rumours on a possible change had spread inside the Vatican palaces. Actually, the relationship between the Pope and his master of ceremonies remains solid and Francis quite appreciates the fidelity of Monsignor Marini, who is tasked with overseeing every papal liturgical celebration: both those that take place in the Vatican and Rome, and those "out" of the Country. 
 
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« Reply #5879 on: December 23, 2017, 12:43:54 PM »

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Paul VI could be canonized in 2018, diocesan newspaper says
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
12.22.2017 10:01 AM ET

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed Paul VI could be declared a saint in 2018, perhaps during the Synod of Bishops, an institution he re-established after the Second Vatican Council, according to the newspaper of his home diocese.

La Voce del Popolo, the newspaper of the Diocese of Brescia, Italy, reported Dec. 21 that the medical commission and theological commission of the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes both gave positive opinions about a healing that could be the miracle needed for the pope's canonization.

The cardinals and bishops who are members of the congregation still need to vote for recognition of the miracle, and Pope Francis also must recognize it before holding a consistory to formally approve the canonization.
 
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