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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.
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Quake aftermath continues to torment ancient town of Amatrice as the death toll rises

August 25, 2016. Rescue teams continue to work tirelessly with the hope of finding new survivors, but the number of deaths will increase as there are still dozens missing. Italy's civil protection agency has announced that 190 have dead in the affected areas in the province of Rieti are overcome, while 57 were killed in the province of Ascoli. During the night, there have been up to 60 new tremors of between 3 and 4 degrees of magnitude. Rescuers worked overnight in the most affected Arquata del Tronto, Pescada< g> del Tronto, Accumoli< g> and Amatrice. The most dramatic situation exists in Amatrice, the largest municipality affected, and where 2,000 people live, but in the summer months doubles its population with vacationers and many tourists who had come to enjoy the weekend party pasta "amatriciana,” a dish that has its origins here. More than 1,000 people have been displaced by the quake.
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Grand Ayatollah to Pope Francis: “Thank you for saying Islam is not equal to terrorism”

August 22, 2016. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi sent a letter to Pope Francis to thank him for his words on the flight back from Poland, a few weeks ago: "It is not right to say that Islam is a terrorist faith.” In his letter, the Shia religious leader has strongly condemned terrorist attacks from fundamentalist Islamic groups. He has also stated that "the vast majority of the Musilm people consider all Takfiri sects to be outside the fold of Islam.” Makarem Shirazi is one of the 64 Grand Ayatollahs in Shia Islam and, as such, one of the highest authorities in matters of Islamic dogma and law.
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Pope conveys “solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims of wildfire in Portugal

August 16, 2016. The fire has killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed a letter, on behalf of Pope Francis, to the bishop of Funchal, Antonio Carrilho. The letter was read during the celebration of Holy Mass for Our Lady of the Mount, Patroness of Funchal. In the letter, Pope Francis expressed his condolences and sorrow over the loss of life and property in the Portuguese island of Madeira, where wildfires have killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. Pope Francis conveys "solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims and those displaced by the wildfires and prayed for the wounded and asked them to have "courage and consolation in Christian hope” for all involved.
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Pope sends condolences to North America in wake of Hurricane Earl

August 9, 2016. Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to the victims in the wake of Hurricane Earl through a message sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The hurricane killed at least 45 people in Mexico and 13 in the Dominican Republic and caused an estimated $50 million in damage.
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Pope sends his condolences following attack that killed 70 people at a hospital in Pakistan

August 9, 2016. The terrorist attack at Quetta Hospital killed dozens of lawyers and left 120 others injured.
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Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women

August 2, 2016. Six women and six men will study the diaconate of women "with regard to the first ages of the Church.”
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Federico Lombardi appointed new president of The Ratzinger Foundation

Aug. 1, 2016. Today Fr. Lombardi officially ceases to be director of the Vatican Press Office and becomes the president of The Ratzinger Foundation. Father Federico Lombardi will chair the board of the Vatican foundation established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Until now it was run by president Monsignor Giuseppe Scotti. The Ratzinger Foundation promotes the study of theology, organizes cultural and scientific congresses and rewards the work of scholars and researchers in different fields.

The miracle that led John Paul II to sainthood

2014-04-24

Hear the first hand account of the miracle that saved Floribeth Mora's life.
 
That's when one of the doctors came in and very clearly said...in fact it seemed somewhat cruel...He started explaining my illness. He drew  my artery when I was bed ridden, he drew it out on a paper and he told me I had a month to live. He told me, you may have a week more than that, or five minutes or an hour, but in a month the aneurism will explode and you will die. 

So my husband talked with our children. He told them, 'Mom is coming back home, but not for long... because she is going to die.' 

It was a very difficult moment in my life. I prayed to God and I prayed to John Paul II asking for his intercession. I did this from day one. I've always been a firm believer. Not just recently, but always. 

I asked John Paul II to help me and I prayed for his intercession. I would tell him 'John Paul II, John Paul II, you are so close to God, tell Him that I don't want to die. I don't want to leave my kids. The most important thing are my children and my family, this is my priority. 

Usually I wouldn't wake up all of a sudden, but that night I did. I grabbed the remote and turned on the television. I saw John Paul II's beatification, or part of it. I saw Benedict XVI and the cured nun carry his relic. Just as easily as I woke up, I went back to sleep. 

I woke up again at 8.00 am and this was the most important moment for me. That's when I heard a voice in my room, that said "Skeptic, get up.” I said to myself, 'My God, I'm here alone', but I hear this voice. It was a voice that clearly said 'Get Up.' 

It was difficult for me. I was scared because again, I was alone, but I heard that voice. I then heard it again. The voice told me, 'Get up and don't be afraid.' Immediately I saw a magazine cover, that may be insignificant to others, but not to me. 

It was propped over my television set. On the cover of that magazine was John Paul II. His hands were stretched out and I saw how his hands called me in, telling me to get up. And that's what I did. I said, "Yes, Sir.” 

I took the blanket off and I got up. I walked over to the kitchen and saw my husband. He told me, 'Honey, what are you doing here?' 'I told him, I feel fine.' 

It was something incredible. That force was so powerful that I no longer felt agony or fear. Instead I felt peace...A peace you can't even imagine. A peace that made it clear that I was healed. Days passed and from that day on, I've been standing. Through the honor and glory of God, I'm here now. 

I've always said, if you want to believe, well believe. But if you don't, then don't. I can't do more than that. The evidence is there. Those who want to believe, can. Those who don't want to, won't believe at any cost. So that is my only answer: Those who want to believe, should. Those who don't, won't.

I want to highlight that the most important person here, is not the person sitting in front of you. It's not me. The important thing here is the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII—they are the important ones.