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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.”
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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:

Archbishop Justo Mullor: Second Vatican Council has just begun


President Emeritus, Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy

"It is absurd to think about a Third Vatican Council when the Second is barely under way. The Second Vatican Council is for today, for tomorrow, and for the day after tomorrow.”

Msgr. Justo Mullor experienced in person the Second Vatican Council. Being under 30 at the time, he bore witness to the debates between the Council's participants.

President Emeritus, Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy

"I saw that the Church is alive, I saw that the conservatives were not as conservative, and the liberals were not that liberal. All the conservatives had something liberal about them, and all liberals had something conservative.”

Over the years Justo Mullor has become a diplomatic expert for the Vatican. He served as the Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe and apostolic nuncio in Mexico. John Paul II asked him the lead the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy to train the next set of diplomats for the Holy See. For him, one of the bygone achievements for the Second Vatican Council was the surge in diplomatic relations with states.

President Emeritus, Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy

"Today we have diplomatic relations with 179 countries, for the moment. Back then we had 40, and just that.”

Among the most important conclusions from the Council, Justo Mullor highlights that laymen and women can live out their faith with greater conscience. It's reflected, he adds, by the surge in Catholic movements and institutions, such as Opus Dei, the Focolares, Neocatechumenal Way, and Communion and Liberation.

President Emeritus, Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy

"The Second Vatican Council has had great effects, especially among the ecclesiastical movements that are staring to bear fruit.”

The gathering with Archbishop Mullor is part of a series of engagements organized by the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Among the participants are some of Spain's key witnesses to the start of the historic event.

u: KLH