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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.”

Pope Francis' Economics 101


From the get go, the poor and economic inequality have been pillars of Pope Francis' pontificate. His comments have been  praised by some and highly criticized by others. But experts like Chris Lowney say finding solutions to economic disparity, is much more complicated than right or wrong.

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"One of the big problems we have, at least in the United States is that we fall into very simplistic black and white discussions about economy.”

For years Lowney was Managing Director at J.P Morgan in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London. As the author of Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads, he says when it comes to the free market, people make the mistake of focusing just on the good or the bad.

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"You think the free markets, financial markets are wonderful and the cure to every problem in the world. Or you think that free markets, financial markets are satanic and nothing good comes out of them.”

Lowney says he has seen families rise out of poverty because of the free market. On the other hand, he has also seen its brutality and indifference.

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"A market doesn´t care about the fact that you're an old person and don't have enough to live or the market doesn't care that you don't have the skills to keep up and have a good job.”

He welcomes the Pope's message of helping the poor and marginalized, adding that in less than a year, he has managed to shake up the conversation.

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"If the Pope can on the one hand keep us focused on the poor the people who have the least and then on the other hand make us think about solutions without drifting into our very simplistic ideas, I think that would be an incredibe accomplishment.”

From the homeless to presidents, the Pope's comments have reached everyone. Only time will tell, if his words will have a direct effect.

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