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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.”

'La Città dei Ragazzi', the children's city turns 60 this year.


President, Città dei Ragazzi
"He found a two year-old child sitting in front of the parish. The boy was waiting for his parents to wake up. He had just seen them die in front of his very eyes. The priest, in his dusty cassock, saw the child and thought: who is going to take care of him?”

Since then Msgr. Carroll-Abbing, left his post at the Vatican's Secretariat of State and began to take care of homeless and orphaned children. He fed them and assisted the wounded, so that they could  get their childhood back.

This is how the 'Città dei Ragazzi' was born on October 6, 1953. It's a group governed and managed by the children themselves. It had its own currency to reward merits, and its own workshops to learn a trade or study.

Exhibition,  'La mia città'
"We were completely self-governed. The boys ruled alone in full freedom and autonomy. Later in life, this was useful for me in educating my own children. "

Roberto is the child smiling, sitting to the left of the group, talking to the priest. He lived in the "Città dei Ragazzi” with his brothers for 5 years, until he was 16, since their mother could not take care of them.

Exhibition,  'La mia città'
"I never met my real father, so he was like a father figure to me. Somehow, he was a father to thousands. A very charismatic man."

On October 6, the 'Città dei Ragazzi' will celebrate its 60th anniversary. This photographic exhibition will travel across Italy and the United States, to remember the work of Msgr. Carroll-Abbing. During his life, the priest received praise from Paul VI, John Paul II, or figures like Walt Disney. The exhibit will also recall the children's sad story, so that similar catastrophes may never take place again.

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