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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.

Green Scholar Initiative of the Museum of the Bible and American Bible Society hold Vatican conference on roots of the Bible


Understanding the history of the Bible isn't simple. It's the most published book in history and it's been translated into more than 2,000 languages, which makes variations inevitable. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
"When we read a modern translation, we don't realize but it's the result of many many choices that are made by the translators: which texts they will use, which text they will follow.” 

Fr. Stephen Pisano is from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Centuries ago, he says,  translations of the Gospel, sometimes turned into competitions. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
"Erasmus was the first person to come out with the printed edition of the New Testament in Greek in 1516. There was sort of a contest between him and group of people working in Spain to see who could get the first edition out and he won.”

He says the writing of the Scriptures can be divided into three stages: events, recollection of those who knew or heard about Jesus and then publication. 

Pope Francis has been quite vocal about the importance of reading the Bible every day. He even offered thousands of pocket sized Gospel books to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. He says first and foremost, it's the main responsibility of every Christian to understand the Word of God. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
"The first importance of the Gospel is to come into contact with Jesus, to get to know Him. You come to see more and more, who this Person was, how He thought, how He reacted in different situations.” 
Throughout the month of May, a number of talks on the Bible, will take place just steps away from the Vatican. Titled 'The Bible to the World,' it's sponsored by the Green Scholar Initiative and it's meat to trigger an understanding about the roots of the Bible and its modern day relevance. 

Upcoming conferences: 

Speaker Series at the Vatican
The Bible to the World
April 30–June 3, 2014

Tuesday, May 6 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Jerry Pattengale, The Green Scholars Initiative, and Mr. Cary Summers, Museum of the Bible
"Recent Developments of the Green Collection, the Green Scholars Initiative and the Museum of the Bible”
 The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas Institute Fondazione (Sede secondaria, Italia)
Largo della Sanità Militare, 60-Roma 00184, Italia

Thursday, May 8 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University
"Perspectives from North Africa: St. Augustine on the Beauty of the Cross”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Thursday, May 15 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Nuria Calduch-Benages, Pontifical Gregorian University
"The City as Mater Dolorosa”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Thursday, May 22 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Michelle Brown, University of London
"From Sinai to Scotland—via Rome: the Lindisfarne Gospels and the reception of Logos in Early Christian Europe”
Response from Father Justin, St. Catherine’s Monastery
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Tuesday, June 3 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Peter Williams, Tyndale House, Cambridge
"Pre-Islamic Bible Translation in the Levant”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Emcees for sessions:
 Dr. Valdo Bertalot, Bible Society in Italy
Dr. Jerry Pattengale, Green Scholars Initiative & Indiana Wesleyan University

Sponsor for sessions:
Green Scholar Initiative

Host for sessions:
American Bible Society
Bible Society in Italy

 This series is being held in conjunction with the Verbum Domini II exhibit, Braccio di Carlo Magno Museum
St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Italy, 2 April 2014–22 June 2014