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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:

Relics of St.Therese of Lisieux and her parents exposed to show the sanctity of married life


The Synod on the Family has placed a spotlight on the important role faith plays in marriage, relationships and parenting. 

As an example of the role that holiness plays in family, the Synod Fathers wished for the presence  of two couples who are on the road to sainthood. 

Vice-Postulator, Blesseds Louis and Zélie Martin
"The presence of these two couples marks an important moment in the history of the Church. That conjugal life, the life of spouses is a life worthy of sanctity. And that conjugal life, conjugal love does not work against the sanctity of life.”

The relics of Blesseds Louis and Zélie Martin, their daughter, St. Therese of Lisieux, as well as the relics of Italian couple Blessed Luigi and Maria Quattrocchi were brought to Rome for the Synod. Their relics were venerated by the Pope at the Synod's Opening Mass.

During the two weeks of the Synod, the relics are housed here, at the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Pilgrims from around the world, have made their way to the basilica, to pray for their intercession during this time in the Church. 

Fr. Antonio Sangalle is the custodian of the relics as well as the vice-postulator for the cause of canonization of Blesseds Louis and Zélie Martin. He believes the lives of St. Therese of Lisieux's parents is significant for this Synod on the Family. 

Vice-Postulator, Blesseds Louis and Zélie Martin
"Their fundamental significance is to interceed. It is the communion of saints. That which we ask to these blessed couples, and that which those in Heaven want, as they are united, the who communion of saints intercedes. FLASH So this great people, our great intercessors in Heaven are turned towards this great event in the Church, this Extraordinary Synod.”

Fr. Sangalle said that the lives of Blesseds Louis and Zélie Martin are an important message for families today in placing God at the center of their lives. In doing so, they influenced the saintly life of their daughter, St. Therese. 

Vice-Postulator, Blesseds Louis and Zélie Martin
"According to what the Gospel teaches us, we will know a tree by its fruits. If we see that the fruit of this family was St. Therese of Lisieux, a patroness of the missions, a young Doctor of the Church, then we should understand that the tree was her mother and father. St. Therese would say of her family that God gave her a father and a mother more worthy of heaven than of earth.”

In 2001, Pope John Paul II declared Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi blessed, making them the first married couple to be beatified together in the Church's history. Both couples, Fr. Sangalle said, are a testament to the holiness of married couples and families. 

The relics of the holy couples and of St. Therese of Lisieux will remain in the Basilica of St. Mary Major until October 19th, at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family. 

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