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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.”

Five key points by Pope Francis on marriage, evangelization and the renewal of the Church


To celebrate the Schönstatt movement's 100th anniversary, the Pope held a meeting with more than 8,000 members who came to the Vatican from more than 50 countries.

The theme of the event was "The Family as a living proposal.” Some of the pilgrims had a chance to ask Pope Francis some questions. The first was on how to help and support families. 

"I think that the Christian family, the family, marriage, has never been attacked as it is now. Directly attacked or assaulted. The preparation for marriage has to come from very far. Supporting couples. Supporting, but always hand in hand and preparing them. Letting them know what they are going to do. Many do not know what they are doing and they marry without knowing what it means.”

They also asked the Pope on the role of the Virgin Mary and the New Evangelization. Pope Francis responded with a little humor. 

"A Christian does not have a right to be an orphan. He has a Mother. We have a Mother. An old preacher who was very fiery, spoke on the psychology of orphans and ended his homily saying: "Well, whoever does not want Mary as a Mother will have her as a mother-in-law!”

He also had a message for the youth. He asked them to go out and give witness because that is what will bring people to the faith. 

"A Church that doesn't go out is a Church of "exquisite people.” An ecclesial movement that doesn't go out in mission, is a movement of "exquisite people.” And also, instead of looking for sheep to bring, or help or give witness, they are devoted to the little group, combing the sheep. No? They are spiritual hairdressers. No? This is not right.”

Pope Francis also shared his "secret” to be joyful and hopeful. It was an answer that brought a lot of smiles. 

"Well, I haven't the faintest idea but it doesn't matter...A little bit due to personality, I would say that sometimes I'm not fully aware, no? I abandon myself, I pray. It never fails, eh? He never fails, He never fails. And I have seen that He is capable, not through me, but through people to make miracles."

The last question was at the same time an offer. How to the help the Pope renew the Church?

"Right here, this is public, that's why I dare to say it, the Curia must be renewed, the Curia is being renewed, the Vatican Bank must be renewed. They are all external renovations. That is what the newspapers are saying. It is interesting that no one speaks of a renewal of the heart. They understand nothing of what it means to renew the Church. That is what holiness is. To renew each and every heart.”

Lastly, Pope Francis said that one of the keys to renewal is to look for the encounter, which is unity, in a world full of misunderstanding.