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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:

95 years after the start of the Armenian Genocide


The genocide officially began after the Turkish government ordered the arrest of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals on the night of April 23rd 1915. Over a thousand leaders, writers, poets and politicians were deported. Almost all were massacred.

One of the reasons behind the genocide was political. World War I was underway and there was a fear the Armenians would form an alliance with the Russian enemy.

That’s when the interior minister, Mechmet Talat Pasha, passed the law that would deport Armenians and would forced them to abandon their homes and were transferred to the periphery of the Ottaman empire. The majority died on the way.

That’s how the genocide that killed 1.2 million people began.

Along side the Armenians, Christians were also killed.

Haik Demoyan
Director, Armenian Genocide Museum

“Of course the government decided to target the Armenian as a political decision, but Greek and Assyrians Christians were also targeted by the overall ottoman genocide policies and subsequently attacks policies of elimination of minorities, so here we clearly see the fact that Christian subjects were targeted.”

The survivors say their faith gave them the strength to move forward and say Muslims opposed the massacre.

Haik Demoyan
Director, Armenian Genocide Museum
“We have a lot of Islamic witnesses. They all said that all that is going on is against Islam because the Quran never said to kill innocent women and children.”

The genocide museum remembers cities that no longer exists, cemeteries that aren’t on any map, and places exterminated forever. But it hopes the sorrow helps future generations.

Haik Demoyan
Director, Armenian Genocide Museum

“We also conceive our mission as a part of a more global movement called fight for prevention. Prevention of any kind genocide in any place.”

Although Turkey has not officially recognized the genocide more and more, the internatinal community is increasingly calling for Turkey to do so. In fact the government has formed an independent commission to investigate the tragedy. But some say if the truth is never uncovered these two nations may never turn the page and live in peace.