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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:

'Tsunamis of Life' uses passionate stories to show the value of each individual


A chat among college students unleashed a tsunami, or better said, seven tsunamis. They're seven videos that talk about lives of hardship, but just as happy as any other.

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"A friend of mine told me once that a woman pregnant with a child with disabilities had the right to an abortion. My heart shrank because I live with a special needs child, and this child is the one that teaches me to live, and teaches me that I want to enjoy life.”

Teresa and her friends started talking, and they agreed that the best way to teach others was to lead by example. They decided to use real-life testimonies to talk about their lives' worth.

The group launched several videos with leading figures like Encarna, Jose Luis, Peter, Mari and Fran. 

Jose Luis is a troubled child that was adopted. Thanks to new friends, he discovered another part of life. For her part, Encarna is 85 years old, but she is still full of energy.

"With time and knowledge, people at my school noticed that I started changing. I stopped seeing everything that had happened to me in the past, since I was a child, up until now, as bad.”

"To say that you enjoy your life most when you're young is silly. You can enjoy it when you're young or when you're older.”

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"What we want to convey with the Tsunamis of Life are actions that inspire hope. In our society, it's becoming harder for people to acknowledge, in certain situations, that their life is a gift. That's why we have these videos, which show that it's possible to be happy regardless of the circumstance or condition.”

These stories are intended to show the joy that Peter, Maria or Fran have found, despite their individual situations.

"Our son Peter is 11 years old, almost 12. Peter suffers from a condition called spina bifida. We brought him home when he turned one year and two months old.”

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"Maria is 10 years old now. She has a congenital brain defect, which caused cerebral palsy.”

"Despite my physical state, I'm very happy. I think that life is a gift.”

It's often said that an image is worth a thousand words. With Tsunamis of Life, these images are used along with words to get their message across, the message that life is always worth it.