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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.”

Costa Rica's president to Pope: We are looking forward to John Paul II's canonization


-"Holy Father, what an honor. What a pleasure. It's great to meet you.” 
-I hope you feel at home. 
-Yes, thank you, I do. 

Shortly after Costa Rica's president met with Pope Francis, she decided to invite the Pontiff to visit her country. Moments later, as Laura Chinchilla met with the press, she acknowledged that it won't be easy to lock in a visit, but still, she says, she won't lose hope. 

President of  Costa Rica
"Of course, as you all know, one always tries to extend an invitation to the Pope, so that he hopefully visits our country during his next trip to Latin America. But that next visit won't necessarily be soon, since he recently visited the continent. In fact, he actually told me about other trips he is considering in different parts of the world. But hopefully he will keep us in mind and go back to Latin America soon.” 

During their 25 minute meeting, both leaders discussed how they can work together to address issues like  human trafficking, massive migration and environmental concerns. 

The president highlighted that the Pope is above politics, giving him and the Vatican an important role in conflict mediation. As an example she talked about Syria. 

President of  Costa Rica
"We certainly appreciate it and thank him for it. We also ask him to continue raising his voice on behalf of world peace.” 

Chinchilla gave the Pope a handmade stole made by indigenous women from Costa Rica. The Pope gave her a copy of the 'Aparecida' document and a medal of his pontificate. 

"For when you come to Costa Rica.” 

The president also added that she will not be attending John Paul II's canonization, but despite her absence, she said Costa Rica will definitely be present. The miracle which gave way to his canonization took place in Costa Rica, when
Floribeth Mora Diaz, was cured from her illness. 

President Costa Rica
"Floribeth, is the woman at the center of this experience. She and her family are very much appreciated in Costa Rica. So I also discussed this with the Pope, as far as how this miracle is affecting Costa Rican's in a very positive way. And without a doubt, there will definitely be a lot of people flying in from Costa Rica to visit Rome and the Holy See.” 

This is the second time, the president has met with a Pontiff. The first was back in May 2012 when she met with Benedict XVI, about 10 months before his resignation.