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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.

Woman aims to help poor one country at a time


Cristiana signed up with the missionary association in Argentina and founded the Father Carlo Colelli Association, in honor of a Carmelite priest that encouraged her to go where she is most needed. That's how she ended up in Colombia.

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"Starting with the guerillas, then paramilitaries, and then the army, we began to see young men, then entire families displaced. So we had our work set up there. They had no home or anything. We found a piece of land without an owner. And, truthfully, we seized. I'm not ashamed to say it, we seized that land, and after the owner came forward, the heir, who lived in the United States. We came to an arrangement, and nowadays 146 families made their small ranch, we cannot even call it a home.”

Her NGO is simple and without great aspirations. But it wants to do its part to promote Latin America, and especially Colombia.

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"We began with 200 youths, now we have 900 because they were growing up and we want them to be well, give them the chance to study. We started an elementary school, then a middle school and now we have a high school. In addition to the school, which we call an education center, on Sundays, when the school is closed, we have meetings with parents. We teach them hygiene, how to maintain their homes, how to wash themselves and at times we've even had to rid each other of lice.”

They began taking in people displaced by the guerrilla war. After they started the school, and seeing that kids showed up hungry, they added a soup kitchen to the school. It was all done by them for them, simply because it was needed.

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"We then began to see that the toddlers were hungry, so we put up a community kitchen. Now we have 10 kitchens, with 800 children that have a meal once a day. At the school we also have 900 more kids that eat once a day, and for many it's their only meal, because at their home they have nothing.”

Currently, this charity group in Colombia helps out 1000 kids with meals and education. All of the work from the Father Carlo Colelli Association began with determination of a simple woman, Cristiana Cassina.