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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.

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.

A priest who found God in the airport


At the beginning, Nicholas Azar guided passengers of Sky Team Cargo toward the gates for departure. He was promoted throughout the company until he reached one of the most important positions, manager of finance. He has a masters in business, speaks six languages, and in addition to all of this, now he is a priest.

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"For many years I struggled with the possibility of becoming a priest. I enjoyed dating girls, I enjoyed dancing. I kept my mind busy with my work, with the youth group from the church."

Even though he had reached professional success and had built a strong future for himself, he was not all that happy.

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"One day two of my colleagues were talking, very animated about something fun. When I asked them what they had been talking about, they told me they had participated in church activities with other young people. I could not believe there was a church that could be so much fun."

He decided to see it with his own eyes. Nicholas found the church full of people his age. And he decided to help a group of teenagers from that church.

For business reasons he travelled all over the world. But the trip that changed his life was the World Youth Day in Paris in 1997.

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"I was impressed by the large number of Catholics  in the world. Thousands and thousands of young people had gone to Paris to meet with the Pope, to be with him. I had never seen so many Catholics together. I had never been in a reunion of Catholics on a worldwide scale."

After that trip he realized that even though his involvement with the church was great and a prosperous future with his company awaited him, he knew there was something missing in his life. And he knew exactly what it was.

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"God calls each person to a specific type of work. I thought my place was in the corporate world, that is where I had fun, where I put all of my capabilities to use. But then I began to think perhaps God is calling me to do something else, although I did not think I was prepared to answer him."

The decision was not easy. After a lot of praying, he decided to leave the prosperous future that awaited him in the company, for which God was asking of him: to be a priest.

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"The day when I was going to submit my resignation was one of the hardest days of my life. I had worked there for almost 14 years to achieve this point in my career. In that moment, I knew when I sent my letter of resignation by fax, this piece of paper would disappear and go off to personnel, telling them that I was resigning and I was leaving my whole life behind to do the work God was asking me to do."

So that is what he did and now he says he is one of the happiest men on the earth. He was ordained a priest on July 29 of 2009 in his diocese of Atlanta, in the United States. And he studied theology in Rome. A big change for someone who dreamed of big responsibility with an airline.