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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:

Saint Lupita remembered for simplicity and devotion to poor and sick



Postulator, Mother Lupita
"The life of Mother Lupita, her path to sainthood was a path of simplicity, humility, of great sensitivity for the poor, for the sick, and especially for the poor who are sick.” 

Born in 1878 in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Mother Lupita co-founded the congregation Handmaids of St. Margaret Mary and the Poor. 

Her work became harder, and at times dangerous, when the Mexican Revolution broke out in 1910. And a decade later, with the persecution of the Catholic Church known as the Cristero War. But Mother Lupita continued her work. 

Postulator, Mother Lupita 
"In the hospital, she not only treated the Cristeros, the Catholics, but also the soldiers, because, for her, charity was for everyone.” 

After six decades leading her congregation, Mother Lupita passed away in 1963. Soon after, her canonization process began. In 2002, the Vatican confirmed the first miracle attributed to her, and John Paul beatified her in April 2004. 

At about that same time, when an 80 year old woman was hospitalized with a stroke, her family prayed before Mother Lupita's tomb, asking her to intervene, and she did. 

Postulator, Mother Lupita
"It was a healing just like the Congregation for the Cause of Saints asks for: immediate, complete and permanent.” 

Even though her canonization announcement was overshadowed by the news of Benedict XVI's resignation, it's Pope Francis, another Latin American, who elevates her to sainthood

She will be joined by a group of Italian martyrs, and a Colombian nun also dedicated to helping the poor. For her postulator, the joy of her canonization is overpowered by a sense of responsibility. 

Postulator, Mother Lupita
"I feel more strongly, the commitment to be of God, to get closer to Him. Because I see the work of the saints and, well, the commitment and question is, 'why am I not a saint?'” 

Mother Lupita's legacy, serving the poor and the sick, has expanded throughout the world. In addition to her work in her home state, her congregation does work in other parts of Mexico, as well as Peru, Iceland, Greece and Italy.