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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:
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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.

Pope's Mass: Jesus continues to pray for us


October 28, 2013 (Romereports.com) During hisdaily morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about the humanity of Jesus. He encouraged people to see Jesus as a man who still prays for us.The Pope explained that through His wounds, Jesus reminds The Fatherthat He paid the ultimate price to save humanity

"Heis the intercessor, the One who prays and prays to God with us andbefore us. Jesus has saved us, He gave us this great prayer, Hissacrifice, His life, to save us, to justify us: we are righteousthrough Him. Now He's gone, but He still prays. Some ask, is Jesus isa spirit? Jesus is not a spirit! Jesus is a person, a man, with fleshlike ours, but full of glory. Jesus has the wounds on His hands,feet, sides, and when He prays to the Father He shows the price ofjustification, praying for us, as if to say: But, Father, let thisnot be lost!” 

PopeFrancis is known for asking others to pray for him. During his Homilyhe encouraged others to do the same, explaining that it's based on aChristian attitude that turns people into brothers and sisters

Source: Vatican Radio 

Speakingto those gathered at Casa Santa Marta for Mass, the Pope said that bypraying to God to choose his apostles, Jesus was "putting togetherhis team together” – and afterwards a great number of people cameto be with Him and to be healed by Him, because "power was comingHim and healing them all”. And he referred to three differentrapports Jesus has: "Jesus and the Father, Jesus and his Apostles,Jesus and the people”. And the Pope pointed out that "Jesusprayed to the Father for the Apostles and for the people”. 

And hesaid: he is still praying.Jesushas saved us, he said, with his prayers, with his sacrifice, with hislife. He is gone now and he continues to pray – the Pope said –but does that mean that Jesus is a spirit? Jesus – he underlined –is not a spirit! He is a person, a man with flesh like our flesh, butin the glory of God. He said Jesus has wounds on his hands, on hisfeet and on his side. And when he prays he shows the Father the priceof our salvation. Pope Francis said: "it is as if he is saying:Father, may this not be lost!”Soprayer stems from Jesus who prays and intercede for us. "We oftensay to each other: pray for me. I need prayers. I have so manyproblems”. 

And that is good – Francis pointed out – "becausewe are brothers and we must pray for each other”. Andthe Pope says he prays to Jesus to pray for him and intercede forhim.Heconcluded saying that He prays for all of us, and he does socourageously, showing the Father the price of our redemption: hiswounds.Wemust think about this and we must thankthe Lord. We must thank him for giving us a brother who prays for usand intercedes for us. And speaking to Jesus we must say: "Lord,you have saved me. And now pray for me”. "It is to him we mustentrust our problems, our life and many other things so that He maytake them to the Father”.

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