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Nicolás Maduro meets with the pope in surprise visit to Rome

October 24, 2016. Pope Francis met with Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro. The private visit took place in the midst of the "worrysome political, social, and economic situation the country is going through, which is having serious repercussins in the daily life of the people,” according to a statement from the Vatican.

Holy See and Vietnam begin their 6th bilateral meeting today

October 24, 2016. The sixth meeting between the Holy See and a delegation of Vietnam begins today to improve relations between the two states. The Vatican delegation is headed by Antoine Camilleri, while the head of the Vietnamese delegation is Bui Thanh Son, with Foreign Affairs. The last meeting between the two state delegations was in September 2014.
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Pope to award 2016 Ratzinger Prize to Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles

October 20, 2016. The winners of this year's Ratzinger Prize will be Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles. The former, an Italian priest, is an expert in Systematic Theology and History of Medieval Theology. The latter is Greek and an Orthodox. He is an expert in History of Dogmas and Dogmatic Theology. He will be the first Orthodox to be awarded the prize given by the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, considered by many the Nobel Prize of Theology.
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Pope Francis sends his condolences to Thais after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

October 14, 2016. Pope Francis has sent a message to the Prime Minister of Thailand to express his condolences for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was 88 years old, and his reign spanned seven decades. Pope Francis said he is "deeply saddened” and he expresses his closeness to the members of the royal family and the Thai people.
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Pope sends 100,000 dollars for Hurricane Matthew victims

October 14, 2016. Through the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", Pope Francis will send $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The money will fund relief efforts in the first stages of recovery after the devastating effects of the hurricane. With this gesture, the pope wants to express his "closeness of spirit and fatherly support” to everyone in the affected area.
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Pope authorizes new decrees of heroic virtues for four potential saints

October 11, 2016. Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree of heroic virtues to four people, who are being investigated by the Church for possible sainthood. The decrees were given to the following "Servants of God:”
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Pope Francis rejects death penalty on Twitter: #NoDeathPenalty

October 10, 2016. The Pope has has given his support via Twitter to the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The following message can be read in each of his nine accounts, in their respective languages: "Punishment should necessarily include hope! #NoDeathPenalty.”
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Pope Francis announces Synod about youth and vocation

October 6, 2016. It will be held in 2018 under the name "Youth, faith, and vocational discernment.” Preparations for the second Synod of bishops convened by Pope Francis are well underway.

Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.

Stem Cell Research Against Human Dignity


Twenty one years later there have been many advancements regarding cloning, genetic engineering, embryonic and adult stem cell research. To address these new topics the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued last December a new document called Dignitas Personae, or dignity of a person.

Fthr. Fernando Pascual
Bioethics Professor, Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum (Rome)

From beginning to end the Church shows through this document a great trust for science , it’s not an enemy of science and it’s not an enemy of research. But the Church makes a constant point to defend human dignity.


The Church hopes these guidelines for ethical biotechnology will reach everyone from researchers to doctors to the politicians who make the laws.

Dignitas Personae will have to tackle the ethics of a new administration in the United States. By overturning the Mexico City Policy shortly after taking office, President Barack Obama allowed federal funding to family planning NGO’s outside the U.S., thus taking the abortion issue to an international level.

Fthr. Fernando Pascual
Bioethics Professor, Regina Apostolorum

As soon as Obama’s administration began he does away with the Mexico City policy, in other words, these organisations that deep down promote abortion will be financed by the government.

Mons. Elio Sgreccia
President Emeritus, Pontifical Academy for Life
The new administration has opened funding to control births in the world; to finance abortion, sterilization and birth control campaigns around the world. Naturally, this goes against humanity before it goes against the Church.

Now Barack Obama’s administration is working to remove the executive ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Former president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, says the document accepts adult stem cells research, which are actually being used for treatment and cause no harm to embryos. But when it comes to embryonic stem cells, there’s a problem.


Mons. Elio Sgreccia
President Emeritus, Pontifical Academy for Life

So far, embryonic stem cells have not been used for any kind of treatment. But in any case, it would be unethical to use them because it would destroy the embryo.


When discussing the rights of the unborn, politicians find it hard to agree on what’s ethical and what’s practical. The Dignitas Personae tries to answer these questions when the issue of abortion and embryonic stem cell research are finding their way into the U.S. government’s federal funding.

Mons. Elio Sgreccia
President Emeritus, Pontifical Academy for Life
If the state funds this research they are encouraging it. This is a major change, of course, and a strong change in attitude that the church has received with shock and with great sadness.



The Holy See is still deliberating on where it stands with some new techniques for human cloning that produce embryonic stem cells but no embryo. Until a new document is issued the Dignitas Personae stands as the Vatican’s moral instruction on biotechnology.