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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.

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.

How to get tickets to see the Pope for his general audience and ceremonies


Many people travel to Rome with the hopes to see the Pope up close. But what it the best way to do so?Each week, the Pope has two events open to the public, Sundays Angelus prayer, which starts at 11:50 in the morning and last about 20 minutes,and Wednesdays general audience.   

The group in charge of issuing tickets to the events is the Prefecture for the Pontifical Household. Though the tickets are always free, they must be reserved ahead of time.The Angelus, which takes place every Sunday and on Vatican holidays, there are no tickets necessary. The Pope steps out of the Papal Apartment window and gives a brief catechesis. He then prays the Angelus and offers a few remarks on the current events. 

Meanwhile, general audiences begin at 10:30 in the morning. They take place at St. Peter's Square, but during rainy or winter days, it's moved to Paul VI Hall. Large groups are advised to let the Vatican know which parish, school or group they belong to, so that they can be announced before the audience.Pope Francis spends lots of time before the audience weaving in and out of St. Peter's Square to greet pilgrims, so arriving early is also recommended. 

Pilgrims can also submit with their ticket requests a petition from their priest or some other explanation of what services they offer to the Church. The Pope, then, near the end of the audience will issue special greetings to those particular groups in the audience. 

The Prefecture for the Pontifical Household also controls access to the liturgical celebrations lead by the Pope. Those events also need requests made well in advance, as well as request confirmations. These celebrations include the Christmas Mass or Holy Week events, which take place inside St. Peter's Basilica, so availability is highly limited. 

Pope Francis, since his first day in office, has tried to stay close to pilgrims. Though it's relatively easy to get close to the Pope, pilgrims need to pay close attention. During the audiences, he walks by greeting and blessing those in attendance. During ceremonies, before the Mass, he silently walks up the Basilica to celebrate Mass. But once the liturgical ceremony is over, he boards his Popemobile and rides throughout the basilica to greet and bless pilgrims. 

Prefecture for the Pontifical Household 
Phone number: 011 39 06 6988 3017 

Written requests (English and Italian): 

S.E.R. Msgr. Georg Gaenswein
Prefettura della Casa Pontificia 
00120 Città del Vaticano