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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.

Benedict XVI and the Fall of the Berlin Wall


During his pontificate, Benedict XVI spoke twice about the fall of the Berlin Wall. Both occasions marked the 20th anniversary of that historic moment ingrained in world history. 

The first comment came after a concert titled 'Youth against War.' The Pope's comments reflected those made by years ago by John Paul II. 

October 8, 2009
"This year marks another significant anniversary. It's been 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It's a clear symbol that marks the end of totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe. The fall of the Berlin Wall, wrote John Paul II, just like the fall of the dangerous models and oppressive ideologies, proved that fundamental liberties that give meaning to human life, cannot be suppressed or ignored for long.” 

Two months later, Benedict XVI addressed the issue again, when he along with Germany's president attended yet another concert. 

December 4th, 2009
"That wall of death divided our country for many years. It forcefully separated people, families, neighbors and friends. So for many, what happened on November 9th, 1989 unexpectedly opened a new door towards liberty. Especially after a long and painful night of violence and oppression by a totalitarian system. In the end, it was heavy pessimism that drove empty souls. Under the communist dictatorship, no action was considered ultimately wrong or immoral. Whatever strengthened the objectives of the regime was considered good, even if it was inhumane.” 

Interestingly, he also highlighted how many looked back at those troubling times, before the fall of the wall, with nostalgia. 

December 4th, 2009
"Today, some people question whether the social order of the West is better or even more humane. The history of the German Federal Republic proves that it is. It calls on people to give priority, with responsibility before God the Creator, to human dignity in state laws. It calls for the respect of marriages and the family as the fundamental base of society. It calls for respect and consideration for what is sacred for all people.” 

During that very concert, he called on people to be 'mediators' between God and human beings, so that a human chain of strength could rise...In essence, just the opposite of what the Berlin wall came to symbolize. 

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