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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.”

Amid controvery, Order of St. Camillus celebrates 400th anniversary


In 1525, at the age of 25, Camillus de Lellis stepped foot inside the Santo Spirito Hospital in Rome. It changed his life completely. He had recently converted from a mercenary soldier, to a man devoted to God. 

He was seeking treatment for a festering leg wound. Inside the hospital, he noticed just how bad the sick were cared for. Over the course of the next forty years, he founded the Order of the Regular Clerics Ministers of the Sick. In July 14, 2014, the Order will mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

Organizer, Fourth Centennial Celebrations
"When in a family, a person is sick, all the family revolved around that person. That same thing should be true about the Church. The whole Church should revolve around the sick, our most fragile brothers.”

Over the course of 400 years, their message hasn't changed, but their work has. Today, the Order, commonly known as Camillians, works in over 40 different countries, according to the needs of each area. 

The 2800 men and women of the Order spend their lives looking after the most marginalized people in society. And just like St. Camillus, even at the risk of their own lives. 

Organizer, Fourth Centennial Celebrations
"We can say that this is the pearl of the Camillian spirituality and charism. There's this complete devotion, even leading up to a person's own life. This a trait that's gone unchanged in over four centuries.”

Coincidentally, Pope Francis will usher the Order into their fifth century of work. In his first few months, he's made clear his devotion and commitment to the sick. His words about caring for the most marginalized people in society ring true for Camillians, more than anyone else.

Organizer, Fourth Centennial Celebrations
"It's said that Pope Francis dresses like a Dominican, has the name of a Franciscan, governs like a Jesuit, but talks like Camillians. So there's this fusion of souls, of spirituality, all condensed into one person.”

With the anniversary approaching, the Order has organized a series of events. For the last one, they invited the Pope to join them in Eucharistic Adoration on July 14

The celebration will take place at their main headquarters, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. It's the same place St. Camillus himself lived in Rome, and where he eventually died, after a lifetime of devotion to the people most in need.

The Fourth Centennial celebrations are a bright spot after a troubled time for the Order. Its superior general was arrested in November, accused of kidnapping two fellow members, in order to secure his reelection. The Vatican will oversee the Order until a new leader can be elected at the next general chapter. 

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