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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.

Family leaves it all behind to become missionaries in Hungary


For this young couple, going unnoticed is, well basically impossible.

Daniel and Ana have six children. About a year and a half ago, they decided to pack everything and move to Hungary. It wasn't for a job, but instead to become missionaries in the Neocatechumenal Way. All the way from Spain they made Budapest their new home. 

"It has been quite possibly the happiest time of our lives. Of course there are challenges. It's true that you do feel some type of insecurity: you don't have a secure job, you don't have a firm grasp of the language, it's a different environment and distance and well traveling with a family isn't always easy. But despite all that, the truth is we're on the front row, seeing the Lord.” 

"Part of me said 'I don't really want to go. I'm fine here at home. I want to be close to my family and I want my children to have everything set in their local school. But another part of me said, 'If God is calling me, I want to follow His Will.” 

The family is still on its mission in Hungary, but they made it a point to make a quick trip to Rome, to receive the Pope's blessing in the official sending off ceremony. They admit, sometimes they feel exhausted, even if the kid's energy is endless. 

The couple says their children have adapted well to Hungary and its customs. It starts with little things, like taking your shoes off before walking in the house. 

But they admit, there were a lot of sacrifices. They left their jobs, relatives and friends behind in their Spanish town of Burriana. But when it came down to it, they knew that being missionaries was the right choice. 

"It's funny, we both felt God's call, separately,  the very same day. It was a Friday morning. We hadn't really talked about it, but when we sat down in our bedroom, my husband told me, 'I have to tell you something.' And I said, 'Wow, don't get me started, I feel like I have to tell you the same thing.' I didn't really want him to say it out loud and make it official, but I just knew. I knew that God wanted something from us. All our lives, we've been praying, asking for God to help us and to listen to us. When God asks something from you, you have to respond.” 

"Yes, you do have a moment when you ask yourself, 'really? Are you going to leave your life, your job your friends behind? It seemed even crazier given Spain's economic crisis.” 

But all those doubts pales in comparison to God's call. So, along with three other Hungarian families, they're part of a so called 'missio ad gentes' evangelization mission, where they leave everything behind for the chance to spread the Gospel in a country where about half are Catholics.