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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.

Vatican Television releases never-before-seen footage of Pope Francis' election


One year ago, the world's eyes were glued on the Vatican. The Sede Vacante produced lasting images, like Benedict XVI leaving the Vatican by helicopter

But, behind the impressive images, the men and women of the Vatican Television Center worked in overdrive. After all, it was their responsibility to bring viewers around the world into the middle of the action. 

That proved challenging, but not impossible. What people didn't see were the rehearsals before, especially for the start of the conclave.

Director, Vatican Television Center
"For that event, we directly asked the master of ceremonies to rehearse, to run through times and gestures because it's such a solemn event. So sacred, that we wanted to employ all our available technology, to emphasize that the Holy Spirit was the real protagonist at that moment.”

To mark his one year anniversary, the Vatican Television Center compiled a 40-minute documentary of Pope Francis. It pieces together the most memorable images of his pontificate, including the trademark moment when he first stepped out into the balcony and asked the world to pray for him.

But the documentary also features never-before-seen footage of his first year as Pope.

Director, Vatican Television Center
"For example, we included images of Pope Francis seated at the cockpit, during his flight to Rio de Janeiro. Also, the first moments after his election, still inside the Sistine Chapel, or when he prayed at the Pauline Chapel before stepping out in the balcony.”

A full year later, Pope Francis has constantly kept the world's attention and captured headlines with his approach. In the meantime, workers at the television center are looking ahead and preparing for another huge production, the canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII.

Director, Vatican Television Center
"For months we've been looking into this great moment. We're trying to figure out how we can involve our technology partners. The only thing set is that our Center will direct and produce the event, so all the international networks will carry our signal.”

Despite the magnitude of the canonization ceremony, the Vatican Television Center is up to the task. The Sede Vacante and the conclave proved they have the skill and know-how. Come April, the world's eyes will be on the Vatican, and once again, it's the role of the Vatican Television Center to take them there.

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