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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.

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.

The miracle that led John Paul II to sainthood


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.