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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.”

List of bishops to receive Pallium in revised ceremony on Feast of St. Peter and Paul


Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega of Guadalajara

Archbishop Francesco Moraglia, patriarch of Venice

Archbishop Alfredo Horacio Zecca of Tucuman, Argentina

Archbishop Mario Alberto Molina Palma. of Los Altos, Guatemala

Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput of Philadelphia

Archbishop Luc Cyr of Sherbrooke, Canada

Archbishop Salvador Pineiro Garcia Calderon of Ayacucho, Peru

Archbishop Francesco Panfilo of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Archbishop Ulises Antonio Gutierrez Reyes of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik of Lublin, Poland

Archbishop Wilson Tadeu Jonck of Florianopolis, Brazil

Archbishop Paul Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Canada

Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle of Manila, Philippines

Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Archbishop Wiktor Pawel Skworc of Katowice, Poland

Archbishop Jose F. Advincula of Capiz, Philippines

Archbishop Filippo Santoro of Taranto, Italy

Archbishop Jose Francisco Rezende Dias of Niteroi, Brazil

Archbishop Esmeraldo Barreto de Farias of Porto Velho, Brazil

Archbishop Jaime Vieira Rocha of Natal, Brazil

Archbishop Joseph Harris of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Archbishop Waclaw Depo of Czestochowa, Poland

Archbishop Ignatius Chama of Kasama, Zambia

Archbishop Pascal Wintzer of Poitiers, France

Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati, India

Archbishop William Charles Skurla of Pittsburgh of the Byzantines

Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan

Archbishop Romulo Geolina Valles of Davao, Philippines

Archbishop Airton Jose dos Santos of Campinas, Brazil

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth, Australia

Archbishop Jacinto Furtado de Brito Sobrinho of Teresina, Brazil

Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta, India

Archbishop Arrigo Miglio of Cagliari, Italy

Archbishop John F. Du of Palo, Philippines

Archbishop Paulo Mendes Peixoto of Uberaba, Brazil

Archbishop Christian Lepine of Montreal, Canada

Archbishop William Edward Lori of Baltimore

Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia

Archbishop Jesus Carlos Cabrero Romero of San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo jung of Seoul, Korea

Archbishop Benedito Roberto of Malanje, Angola

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos, Nigeria

Archbishop Samuel Joseph Aquila of Denver

There are two new archbishops who cannot attend the ceremony and so they will receive the Pallium in their own archdiocese:

Archbishop Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye of Kumasi, Ghana

Archbishop Valery Vienneau of Moncton, Canada