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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:

Vatican to announce the canonization of Mary MacKillop and Blessed Andrè


The road to saint hood has been particularly long for Blessed Mary MacKillop, who will be Australia’s first saint.
Maria Casey
Postulator for Mary MacKillop’s Cause

“It’s been a long journey, it was introduced 35 years ago and it was interrupted in 1930’s and then from 1951 to present day. That’s almost 65 years. It was a combination of a lot of work from a lot of people.”

Last year, theologians and doctors agreed that that a woman with untreatable cancer was cured through the intercession of Mary MacKillop.

Maria Casey
Postulator for Mary MacKillop’s Cause
“She’s particularly good for women who don’t have children, we have hundreds of what we call Mary MacKillop babies, whether Mary may be responsible for getting them pregnant but we know human nature is a big part of it...yes.”

Mary MacKillop is revered by Australians as a national figure. Born to Scottish immigrants in 1842, she spent her life working to help Australia’s sick and elderly communities and provided education to poor children.

Like MacKillop, Blessed Brother Andre of Canada also spent much of his life helping the sick and needy.

He was a Holy Cross Brother and invited the sick to pray to Saint Joseph. He was known for rubbing sick people with oil from a lamp in the college chapel.

Soon after, people reported their prayers were answered. He would visit the sick and travelled as far as the United States. Many called him a ‘miracle worker’ but he denied that he had that gift.

Blessed Andre and Blessed MacKillop are seen as two models for living life in the 21st century.

Maria Casey
Postulator for Mary MacKillop’s Cause

“I think the pope wants people to understand to have models of Christian living, and Mary MacKillop and other candidates will be models for the rest of us and how we can lives Christian lives and be holy people.”

Two holy people who now have a spot saved on the altar.