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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.”

Experts from 27 countries each year in Rome studying the Fathers of the Church


St. Augustine Order, Prior General

"The Agustinianum was founded in 1970 and it almost exclusively dedicated to the study of the Fathers of the Church. The Patristic period, that is those centuries after the apostolic times, when the Church was growing and developing its own theological, philosophical inside thought.”

Its library includes more than 90,000 books on the Church Fathers, like St. John Chrysostom, St. Ambrose of Milan and St. Gregory the Great, and, of course, St. Augustine of Hippo, whom the institute is named after.

St. Augustine Order, Prior General

"He was one of the greatest most prolific writers in the history of the Church. During his time in the late 4th and early 5th century, he headed many different issues in terms of the growth of the Church and many theological debates, that are important in the life of the Church. Even today, his theological writings are highly respected.”

The institute offers different courses and it also organizes yearly international conferences, like this one that brought together experts from 27 countries. It's titled "Law and Religion in the Late Age,” which was led by Cardinal Prosper Grech.

St. Augustine Order, Prior General

"The study of the ancient Church, the early Church is very important because it brings together professors, scholars from around the world who come together to look for ways in which the history of the early Church is important to the life of the Church today.”

Studying the life and role of the the first successors of the Church is key. Especially, because it reflects the first centuries of Christianity, before any religious divisions broke away. In fact, Benedict XVI has dedicated roughly 45 general audiences to talk about the Founding Fathers of the Catholic Church.