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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.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan gives advice for troubled marriages


One of the key issues that has been discussed at the Synod is helping troubled marriages overcome their crisis. 

Each participant has given their input. Some organize courses, others conferences. And others like the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, offer something that is available to the whole world. 

Archbishop of New York (USA)
"We drink a beer. (laughs) No, you listen! You listen, you talk and then, usually after you talk and after you listen he will say: 'You know, you were right. We had an argument. I was angry with her but I still love her, I still need her'.”

When reflecting on what couples can do to better their relationship, Cardinal Dolan recalls an example that he remembers well: his parent's marriage. 

Archbishop of New York (USA) 
"Well, they spend time together. That was very important for them. They always set time together. When my father came home from work everyday, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon he and my mother where together for an hour. They sit together and talk. I remember when my father died, he was only 51. And I remember at the funeral, all the people came up and said to me: 'You know, your mother and father where still in love like teenegers, like young people?' They still love one another.”

When asked about the issue regarding homosexual couples, Cardinal Dolan recalled one of the central themes of the Synod: The Church must be a safe house for all. 

Archbishop of New York (USA)
"When they come to Church, they like everybody else, they say: 'Oh my! I know of my problems, I know of my struggles, I know of my difficulties but I try my best to live as Jesus wants, I need the encouragement of the Church, I need prayer, I need Holy Communion, I need the sacrament of Penance'. And they don't come and said: 'Hi, I'm gay, I'm homosexual!' They just come as a human being! And they love the Church, and the Church is their family, they feel at home, and that is what it is about.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan was named Archbishop of New York in 2009 and was created a Cardinal in 2012. His diocese has an estimated 2.5 million Catholics.