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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.”

Reporting on the Pope and the Church


The words and gestures of a Pope never go unnoticed, and those of Pope Francis always give lots to talk about.

"How I would like a Church that is poor and for the poor!”

"This is what I ask of you. Be shepherds with the 'smell of  sheep.'” 

"But I also want to stand up and take action in your dioceses, I want you to go beyond your comfort zone. I want the Church to go out to the street.” 

Journalists from all over the world covering the Vatican must be able to explain the Pope's words and style without misinterpretations. This can be a real challenge when it comes to Pope Francis.

"The Church Up Close”
"It's hard to find categories that define precisely who Pope Francis is. Is he conservative, is he liberal? He defies categories.”

Every two years the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross organizes a seminar where Vatican experts are invited to share their experiences with journalists from all over the world.

The main goal is give journalists an accurate picture when they're reporting on Catholic  Church and the Vatican.

"The Church Up Close”
"Journalists have attended the Church Up Close seminar from almost all of the major news organizations in... certainly in Europe and the United States. The BBC, The Times of London, The New York Times, El País in Spain, Le Monde, in France.”

This is the first time the seminar takes places during the pontificate of Pope Francis, and so it will focus on its highlights and its direction.

"The Church Up Close”
"I think there is nothing more important for journalists than coming to Rome and getting a sense of the lay of the land of meeting the people, of connecting faces and voices with the names that you read about.”

This year the seminar will take place in Rome from September 8 to 14. The speakers include Australian Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vatican's new Secretariat for the  Economy.

Also, attendees will have the chance of visiting the headquarters of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 

All to make it clear that the more one understands the Vatican from the inside, the better one will report on Pope Francis and the Vatican to the outside.