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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.”

Online outreach: Vatican Instagram account quickly rising in popularity


A time old saying says an image is worth a thousand words. But, how many words does an inspiring image convey? Thats the question the Vatican wants to answer through their new account on the photo-sharing site Instagram.   

The account, titled "newsva” chronicles the Pope's interaction with pilgrims. Their goal is to inspire, and to spread his message one photo at a time. 

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"I think that the Vatican and the Church in general need to raise their standards of quality in this field, the way they did so in the past. They chose the best artists, the best painters and sculptures. Nowadays, images and graphics are most important.” 

Jose Miguel Chavarria works for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Vatican department that oversees social media. He created the account in April, soon after the election of Pope Francis. 

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"We've been very surprised by how quick it's grown, because it's true that we created it in April. But we didn't publicize it, we didn't talk about it, not even with our colleagues. It was just an experiment to get to know this app.” 

Despite the lack of promotion, the growth for the"newsva” account has been staggering. Within the past month, it's gone from 600 followers to over 10,000! 

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"Right now, we're practically adding about 1,000 new followers per day.” 

The photos they upload often showcase the Pope's approachability and his closeness to the people. But above all, it's about the quality of the message their images give off.  

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"We liked being able to use images that are not as timely, in a journalistic sense, but more artistic. Images that are more particular, retouched, with filters and colors.” 

Following their success on Twitter, Chavarria says it makes sense to look at other services to spread the Word of God. As the Church opens up to the digital world, Instagram will be another tool at their disposal.