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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.”

Searching for Noah's Ark...literally


This is Armenia, near Mount Ararat. According to the Bible, it's here that Noah's Ark landed once the flood subsided.

"In the Footsteps of Noah's Ark,” Author
"I'm convinced that there are remains of the Ark here, including key remnants of the ark that I've actually managed to photograph.”

This climber shares his adventures in a book that for now, is in Italian and English. The book itself took about 20 years to finish. It includes photographs of elaborate wooden beams he found at an altitude of more than 1300 feet. He firmly believes these items were once part of the Ark.

"In the Footsteps of Noah's Ark,” Author

"Parts of Noah's Ark have survived because the temperature here is very cold and under ice. Part of the wood we've studied had a layer of natural tar, which according to the Bible, is exactly what Noah and his family used while building the Ark.”

Several studies claim that these pieces of wood are about 5,000 years old. In his book, he explains how Kurdish pastors know the area quite well, including where remains of the Ark can be found. He even says that during hot summers, one can see large slabs of wood scattered about. In fact, his testimonies have been used to reconstruct how Noah's Ark may have looked.
"In the Footsteps of Noahs Ark,” Author

"It was just a big box with a single window and an opening in the roof. It was divided into three floors that were each 16 feet high. These are the measurements the Bible gives: 492 feet long, 85 feet wide, 49 feet high, which turns out to three floors, each one being 16 feet high.”

He also notes that the book of Genesis explains that Noah and his family were mocked as they built the Ark. But they didn't care and they continued to build.

Even today many believe it's impossible to find traces of the Ark. Others think it never existed to begin with. But many adventurers continue their search, just in case....To monitor Tito de Luca's search,  just visit his website noahsark.it