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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.”

Documentary on Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko: A martyr who fought against communism


On October 19th 1984, he was kidnapped by three officials of the country's Ministry Department. He was killed and his lifeless body was later found in a lake. Now, 28 years later his life and work was honored through a documentary. It tells the story of the Polish priest who was beatified by Benedict XVI in 2010. His family of course, traveled to Rome to see the documentary.

Sister of Fr. Jerzy Popieuszko

"I remember the last words my brother said at our home back in September 1984. He said 'all this is done by faith and not by anything else. Because with faith we can find joy and truth.'  I remember him well. Nothing could disturb his peace of mind because he found strength in faith, and that strength helped him launch his message of love and peace.”

Sister of Fr. Jerzy Popieuszko

"He learned everything from our mother. Patience, faith, closeness with siblings and neighbors. Like our mother, he never used the force of the hand to get his point across, he only used words.”

The documentary is titled 'Messenger of Truth.' It includes actual footage of the Polish priest. It will premiere in the U.S in November. Translations for other international showings are also in the works. Even so, the director says his life has already had an international impact.

Director, 'Messenger of Truth'

"When was I looking at this wonderful woman Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma, he was the same kind of guy wasn't he? He just stood up and she stayed in house arrest for about five years. He stood up and said exactly the same message, he was being interviewed by Anne Curry on CNN, she was saying exactly the same words as Father Popieuszko. I thought well, I've done it. They are saying the same thing-they are repeating it over and over again, maybe freedom can happen any place.”

Executive Producer, 'Messenger of Truth'

"The way he lived his life with a strong faith. As a priest, the strong conviction that he had about proclaiming the truth. His message of human rights, human dignities and freedom. And the courage to speak out in a very dangerous time.”

John Paul II and Benedict XVI described him as a model for priests. In fact his beatification on June 6, 2010 in Warsaw, Poland was attended by roughly 150,000 people including 1600  priests, about 100 bishops.