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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:
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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.

Biography of Benedict XVI



“Faith which is the human experience which opens up man to God is not in conflict with science. On the contrary, science requires a higher dimension for man to truly understand his essence.” 

Up until the late seventies, we didn’t know much about the private Joseph Ratzinger. Then on his 50th birthday, he published his memoirs, entitled Milestones

Born on April 16, 1927, in Bavaria, Germany, Joseph was the youngest of three children. Baptized the following day at the Easter Vigil Mass, he recalled that moment as personally very meaningful to him… a symbol of the hope of the Resurrection. 

“Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help. The Lord will help us and Mary, his Most Holy Mother, will be on our side.” 

At just 12 years of age, and with the encouragement of his parish priest, he followed in his brother’s footsteps and entered the seminary.That was 1939. By then, Hitler had declared war and the Third Reich began recruiting young people. Joseph Ratzinger was among them. 

But in May of 1945, he deserted the army and went home, a decision that landed him in a prisoner of war camp.A month later, Joseph was able to go back to the seminary and was ordained in 1951.Later he presented his doctoral thesis on St. Augustine and from that moment, he developed a great devotion to him.Another one he prayed to was St. Benedict, one of the patrons saints of Europe. 

"I wished to call myself Benedict XVI to be united ideally with the venerated Benedict XV, authentic prophet of peace." 

In 1977, Paul VI named him archbishop of Munich and Frisinga. As cardinal, he participated in the two conclaves of 1978 which elected John Paul I and II.Pope Wojtyla then called him to Rome. 

In the Roman neighborhood close to the Vatican, people talk about his simplicity and though he’s German, he never touches beer. 

“Something funny that I remember is that he used to always have orange soda. When he would come here, I would always ask, Your eminence, your usual orange soda? And he would say yes with a smile.” 

Those who know him well say that he’s not only affable but has a good sense of humour. It’s quite a contrast to the Darth Vader-like image he’s earned from the media.