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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.

The saints of John Paul II


For ten years, he was helped in this task by Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, as he was the main person responsible for judging the sanctity of the candidate.

Card. José Saraiva Martins
Prefect emeritus, Congregation for the Causes of Saints

"He said that our Vatican office was the most beautiful of all because it is responsible for the most exciting and important part of the Church, which is holiness.”

Arz. Piero Marini
Master of Liturgical Ceremonies of John Paul II

"For him, holiness was an opportunity for union with other churches. He always said that there were many witnesses of faith: Protestants, such as Bonhoeffer, and Russian Orthodox who gave their lives for the Church. So while we are divided, we are also visibly united in holiness. This was a great idea that lit up his entire pontificate. "

John Paul II said that all Christians must be holy, and so the Church wants to propose models for all types of people. Among the saints he canonized were mothers, such as as Gianna Beretta Molla. Slaves like Josephina Bakita, and Indians such as Juan Diego.

He proposed saints known and unknown to most people.  He beatified the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Spanish priest Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, and the Italian Capuchin Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, known as the saint of the stigmata.

He was the first to canonize a group of saints, which was the 119 Chinese martyrs who died between 1648 and 1930 defending their faith.

He taught that holiness is available to everyone, regardless of age, race or national origin.

He beatified two of the three seers of Fatima, Jacinta and Francisco, in the same place that the apparitions occurred.

Card. José Saraiva Martins
Prefect emeritus, Congregation for the Causes of Saints

"John Paul II had a great desire to beatify Jacinta and Francisco. I had the honor to accompany him and I remember the flight back from Lisbon to Rome, he was profoundly happy with the joy of someone who has had a deep desire for a long time. I was deeply moved and have not forgotten the words of the pope. He was like a happy child. "

Now it is he, John Paul II, who comes to the altar to be beatified, accompanied by the thousands of saints and blessed he proclaimed during his pontificate. He will become the first pope in history beatified by his immediate successor. This record helps to demonstrate the universality of holiness and of his pontificate.