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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:

From Hollywood to Rome. How 'Children of the Night' helps sex trafficking victims


Children of the Night, Founder

"My philosophy is whether you want me to buy your books and school supplies when you are in college in ten years, or do you want me to hold your hand while you are dying of AIDS in the hospital.”

She founded 'Children of the Night' back in 1979 to help child prostitutes. Now, through her organization, she's helped roughly 10,000 girls. In her residential programs alone, most of the girls are between 11 and 17 years old.

Children of the Night, Founder

"A child can call from a truck stop or a dirty motel, reach out to a live child care worker who is awake, ready to help, who can coordinate the police to take her from a dangerous situation to an airport where we pay for her airline ticket, meet her at the Los Angeles International Airport, bring her to the Children of the Night home within 24 hours of the call for help.”

Now, she hopes her next project will be in Rome. In fact, Italian Sister Eugenia Bonetti, who helps sex trafficking victims in Europe, could help her reach that goal.

Children of the Night, Founder

 "I hope to be able to teach at one of the Pontifical Universities, to nuns and priests who come from around the world. That gives me the ability to teach as many people who are already committed to helping the unfortunate.”

Her team has raised millions of dollars and through her programs, she has trained and talked to officers, lawyers, judges and police departments on how to deal with this problem. But her relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department wasn't always that friendly. Back in 1975, when she was a PhD student at UCLA, she actually decided to sue the department, after analyzing police data.

Children of the Night, Founder

 "I worked with a lawyer and obtained a court order and analyzed thousands of police reports and used that data to sue the police department for not arresting the men who payed for prostitutes.”

But now, actually arresting these men is widely practiced by that Police Department. Children of the Night is based in Hollywood, but the organization helps girls and women, throughout the United States. Now she's hoping she can share her expertise abroad, since helping others, she says, should have no borders.