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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.”

Meet the New Superior General of the Order of St. Camillus


The main vocation of the Order of St. Camillus is to care for the sick. It has a presence in over 40 countries, managing hospitals and clinics all over the world. 

The new Superior General of the Order is Leocir Pessini. He's originally from Brazil and in the past, he has helped manage over 56 hospitals. His team, includes four advisers from Asia, Africa and Europe. 

Interestingly, his election coincides with the 400th anniversary since the death of the Order's founder, St. Camillus de Lellis. 

Superior General of the Camillians 
"It's wonderful that we're celebrating the election of a new governing board, and that it coincides with 400 years since our founder's passing here in the very house.” 

The Order is recovering from an embarrassing incident, that left its former Superior General, Fr. Renato Salvatore in jail. He is accused of having two priests held against their will during the Order's election. He was allegedly hoping this would prevent them from voting against him, allowing instead for his re-election. An Italian tax adviser, who helped manage several hospital, apparently helped him carry this out, so they wouldn't lose control of the hospital management. The new Superior General says, he's now looking towards the future. 

Superior General of the Camillians 
"Thank God the Order is still following its path. I wouldn't describe that episode as a crisis, but I would say it was a crisis of governance. One of the biggest challenges we face immediately and internally, is to rebuild the trust and hope among us.” 

That, will happen, he says. But in the meantime, the new Superior General reiterates that their main responsibility is to focus on taking care of the sick and vulnerable