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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.”

The unique job of designing the Pope's vestments


Theyve been making liturgical garments for the Pontiffs since Pope Paul VI. And they are convinced that during WYD 2013 Pope Francis wore the vestment they gave him as a present.   

"Each time he is on TV, we try to see if he's wearing our garment. It's hard to tell, since often the images aren't clear enough. But most definitely, it is the one we gave him. At Rio his vestment was often clearly shown by the camera, so we are absolutely sure it was one made by us.” 

The Sorgente store was founded in Rome in 1965. It is managed by consecrated women from the "Vita et Pax” Secular Institute, established during the 1940s by Spaniard Cornelio Urtasun. Their garments are hand made in a workshop at Alboraya, near Valencia in Spain. The style of the vestments they make has often been copied, but at Sorgente they know an original when they see it. 

"Our vestments are used everyday in celebrations in the Vatican and in other places. They've really been imitated a lot. I mean, some are well made, some others are just poorly manufactured. But it was us who launched this style. That's a fact.” 

Each vestment requires more than a week to be handmade and prices range between 250 and 1,000 dollars. But each garment is so well-manufactured, it could last a lifetime. 

"I would say basically a lifetime. Sometimes a priest comes here and says 'ah, I bought this when I was a student...'"

From Spain and Rome, these consecrated women export liturgical vestments throughout the world, and they are proud to say the Vatican is a returning customer. 

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