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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.”

Cardinal Ennio Antonelli: World Meeting of Families will boost healthy family life


Pontifical Council for the Family, President

"Family, work and celebration are three fundamental values for a good life. It's a life that people should have and enjoy. The Bible presents them as three blessings, making them permanent.”

Cardinal Antonelli is the event's main organizer. He hopes that during that five day meeting, families will be able to strengthen their family unit and their Catholic faith.

He also wants the meeting to look at modern day challenges that have become more common in the last few years. Situations like couples living together or having children out of wedlock. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli says, over time, and on a large scale, this can have serious social consequences.

Pontifical Council for the Family, President

"One shouldn't confuse family with co-habitation. It takes more than simply living in the same house to be a family. It's more than a group of people, under one roof. Family members are inter-connected and have deep seeded roots. Really the family unit is part of a social structure.”

Cardinal Antonelli says strong families, make up strong societies. It's a combination, that he says, can't be ignored. The family, is in essence, the very first cell-not only of society, but also of the Church.

Pontifical Council for the Family, President

"Families transmit culture, religion, human values, social virtues, so it's truly a social mission, not a private one. The role of the family cannot be replaced.”

This will be the seventh World Meeting of Families. It also marks the second gathering organized by Cardinal Antonelli. The last one he led was in Mexico City back in the year 2009. The Pope wasn't able to attend that year, but this year will be different, since Benedict XVI will travel to Milan to celebrate Mass and personally highlight the importance of family, work and celebration.

- JM
- BN