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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:

New Director of the Legionaries: We want things to go back to normal


With a round of applause, the Legionaries of Christ, welcomed their new director. His name is Eduardo Robles Gil. The Mexican priest was elected on January 20th, but it was made official on February 6th, when Pope Francis confirmed his election

This Mass in Rome, was his first public event under his new role.  

After celebrating Mass with members of the Order, he personally introduced himself. 

Director, Legionaries of Christ
"I'm a Legionary priest from the Regnum Christi. I'm happy to be a priest and happy to be part of the Order.” 

With the arrival of new faces and new ideas, the Legion wants to start anew and leave its scandalous past behind. Their founder, Marcial Maciel, led a double life, tainted with cases of sexual abuse. Acknowledging its shortcomings, in managing these cases, the Order is looking for a fresh start. 

Director, Legionaries of Christ
"Yes, we're looking to close that painful chapter, and to acknowledge our mistakes and present ourselves as we are: humble sinners who have made errors. We now must work to be better.” 

The new director will serve as such, for six years. This is the plan he wants to focus on in his new term: 

Director, Legionaries of Christ
"Whenever a new government is elected, it represents a new start. For us, this is especially true because we want things to go back to normal. We had an Apostolic Visitation, and then a Papal delegate who helped and accompanied us. May the Legion of Christ follow God's will. So, what does God want from the Legion of Christ? From a united congregation, a place where our members can embrace God. An Order where we can identify with God and help others do the same.” 

The Pope also personally appointed two other high ranking members. The number two spot in the Legion will be held by Juan José Arrieta and as an adviser, Fr. Juan Sabadell. 

The Legion elected the remaining two directors, including  Fr. Sylvester Heereman and Fr. Jesus Villagrasa. 

So this new team is now starting a new stage for the Legion. Once their general chapter meeting is officially over, the work of Cardinal Velasio de Paolis will also come to a close. He was appointed by Benedict XVI back in 2010 to accompany the Legion as the Order went through reforms.  

- PR