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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.”

Can a kid be a missionary? Missionary Childhood says Yes


Like the children on this video, thousands of kids from all over the world belong to the Missionary Childhood. It's a initiative that promotes worldwide solidarity among children and where the little ones play a key role.

Secretary, Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood
"When the mission started the kids were the ones who benefited from the missionary activity. Now, thanks to the work of the Missionary Childhood, they have an importante role to play. That is: the Church belongs to every body: kids, teenagers and adults”.

The Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood was founded in 1843 by French bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson. He believed that kids should also have voice in the Church and that they had a lot to give as missionaries.

Secretary, Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood
"How can children be missionaries? The founder said that praying a Hail Mary everyday and giving some money every month was enough. And that's what he asked kids, and that's how kids help each other. That's the theme of the Missionary Childhood”.

All the funds for the Pontifical Society of the Missionary come from money that children give. They use it for new proyects to help other kids in need throughout the world.

Secretary, Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood
"Children are very generous. They don't work, like adults, but are very generous. Even more than adults, because a kid that, for example, is given a euro for cleaning a parish, will give it all to the fund. An adult would say: 'Let's see... What expenses do I have?'. Once children understand how their money will be spent, they become very generous.”

That generosity paid for more than 3,000 different projects in 2013. They range from social to educational initiatives dedicated only to children all over the world. 

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