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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.”

Remembering Pope John Paul II Throughout 2009


But now 12 of the best shots from his 26 year papacy can be seen in a brand new, 2009 calendar. And at least one of them has never been published before.  

Giuseppe Colombara
Director, Photographic Archive

For example, there’s this from the month of August. John Paul II is outside, but this picture wasn’t made public and has hardly been requested, but we wanted to publish it anyway.
There is this sense of greenery, of nature – a freshness that comes with the month of August, and that’s why we chose it.

Throughout 2009, remembering John Paul II will be easy thanks to the memories that these photos evoke.

Giuseppe Colombara
Director, Photgraphic Archive
There’s that famous one where John Paul II plays ball with small children at Castelgandolfo, towards the end of summer, or when, jokingly, he protects a child with his cloak. These are all well known images. The cover is the most famous: our most famous photo available and it is the most popular since it was taken in 1999.

Francesco Sforza
Photographer L’Osservatore Romano

In the picture he seems to be alone but in reality he was in front of tens of thousands of people in Saint Peter’s Square. For a moment he was detached from everything and was just staring at everybody. But it was just a second, a single moment that was caught.

A photographer has to look hard for these moments, specially with someone like the Pope who is never posing or looking into the camera. But John Paul II was naturally photogenic.

Francesco Sforza
Fotographer L’Osservatore Romano
It was very easy to take his picture because every attitude, every  position, everything for him was simple, it was natural and normal, making it easier for us to photograph.

Thanks to this calendar, the Vatican Photographic Service will make 2009 a year to remember...a chance to recall a Pope so loved by many.