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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.

Marginalized workers meet in Rome, under initiative supported by Pope Francis


They represent the marginalized, outsiders and the poor. They include the unemployed, farmers, people who live in slums and in the outskirts of society. 

They all traveled to Rome to take part in an initiative promoted by Pope Francis. It's titled the World Meeting of Popular Movements. 

Secretary General of the CTEP (Argentina) 
"It's the first time social movements come together to discuss these issues with the Pope. We're talking about workers who have no rights.” 

National Recyclers Association (Colombia) 
"We talked about the root cause of poverty, marginalization, social injustice and exclusion.” 

Among them are those who live off of selling recyclable items found in the trash. Sometimes their daily meal is based on whatever they find in the bins. 

In Latin America, many of these unofficial temporary workers were encouraged by priests and bishops to organize themselves. Among them was then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. 

Federation of  Recyclers' (Argentina) 
"As a Bishop, he would help out the poorest neighborhoods, so he understood the reality of how people lived there. He would always say that we needed to teach the youth to stand up and take action.” 

The two day gathering will end on Wednesday. On the last day of the conference, they will vote on which initiatives have been raised and which ones they should pursue. 

Secretary General of the CTEP (Argentina)
"We're hoping to have a deeper discussion on this topic. In the long run, we'd like to start international organizations that are supported by the Church and that defend worker's rights."

Federation of Recyclers (Argentina) 
"By just being here, we believe we're sending a message. A message where we tell people that you have to fight for your rights. If you don't pursue your rights, they won't come out of the blue.” 

One of the key documents that inspired the debate is the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation,  Evangelii Gaudium, where the Pope denounces the causes of extreme poverty. 

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