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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.

Legionaries of Christ superior receives pontifical advisor with “joy and confidence”


The director general of the Legionaries of Christ has received "with joy and confidence” the pontifical advisor to the Legionaries of Christ

When the term of the pontifical delegate Velasio de Paolis concluded in February, the Vatican said it would appoint an advisor to consolidate the renewal of the congregation. 

Francis chose Italian Jesuit Gianfranco Ghirlanda, one of the main councilors with Velasio de Paolis. He will not be part of the governance of the Congregation, but will be able to take part in the general council meetings. 

Director General of the Legionaries of Christ 
"He will periodically report to the Vatican on how the process of the union with the movement is going, on how the constitutions are going… When  the definitive approval of the constitutions have been completed, he will report on the internal life within the Legion. This is what the Pope wants: when I greeted him in Saint Peter’s Square, he told me ‘I do not want this to fail, go ahead, I support all of you.’”

He is an expert canonist, and his primary mission is to help define in juridical terms the unity of the Regnum Christi movement. This process began in March, when the Legionaries of Christ officially asked him to review the statutes of the movement. 

Director General of the Legionaries of Christ 
"This is the biggest challenge because we have to find a juridical structure that is suitable for four realities: the secular movement, the Regnum Christi consecrated men, the Regnum Christi consecrated women, and the Legionaries of Christ.”

The Vatican has also requested some modifications to the new version of the Constitutions that the Legion's presented in February. For example: the inclusion of clear references to the texts of the Second Vatican Council, and citations of points from the Code of Canon law, which is essential for interpreting the rules.

The correction of the text of the Constitutions will take weeks, while the canonical structure of Regnum Christi will take years. Members of the congregation look to the future and are committed to the continuation of its main work.

Director General of the Legionaries of Christ 
"I joined the Legion after having entered the movement,. There I learned to speak about God to my friends, doing so out of love for the Church, for the good of souls, and because it was good for me. And I think I encountered Jesus Christ in a personal, vivid way, and I believe that is the best thing we can do: helping people to have an encounter with Jesus Christ."

The Legionaries of Christ is a religious congregation. It shares the charism and mission of the Regnum Christi movement, which is comprised of lay and consecrated persons, so the two work closely together.

It is present in 22 countries, has 4 bishops, 954 priests; 836 religious and novices; and 945 students in vocational centers.