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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:

Study shows new, surprising side of Catholic TV Stations in Latin America


The Americas are home to more than half of the world's Catholics, about 500 million people. As the "lungs” of the Catholic Church, it's not surprising then, that half of all Catholic television stations are based in the region.

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"We estimate there are some 200 Catholic television stations, and half of them are in the Americas, especially in the Spanish-speaking Americas.”

Argentine production house Buena Nueva Communication, along with Germany's Catholic Radio and Television Network, collaborated on a survey titled "Catholic Networks of Hispanic America.” 

It provides a snapshot of the current state of Catholic television, and includes data on employees, ratings, financing, programming, and training needs.

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"The survey allows us to get to know them better. But, it also helps them get to know each other better. And it gives us greater authority when we talk about Catholic television in Latin America.”

According to the survey, networks have, on average, 50 employees, mostly between the ages of 26-45. Approximately two thirds of them were paid employees, while the rest work as volunteers.

Their most watched programs deal with "religious teachings and liturgical celebrations.” But the way they measure ratings varies widely, and is sometimes "subjective.” In the survey, only 17 percent reported carrying out some type of professional market research. 

In economic matters, broadcasters reported that, on average, 43 percent of revenue comes from advertising sales, production services, or airtime purchases. Only a quarter, comes from donations.

The survey also showed that, in terms of programming, roughly 53 percent was local content, giving "a greater local identity to the stations.” 

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"The survey results might surprise some people. There's an assumption that Catholic stations from Latin America are weak, and of low quality. However, these networks are playing a great role in their societies.”

To get a clearer pictures, organizers sent the 53-question survey to the heads of 37 Catholic television networks, located in 15 countries. With one of the largest Spanish-speaking populations in the world, the survey also included networks in the United States.