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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.

Pope: To end Islamophobia, Muslim leaders must condemn terrorist attacks


On his flight back to Rome, Pope Francis led a press conference, where he addressed everything from Islamophobia to the Synod on the Family.

As far as the three day trip, the Pope said the most important speech was given at the Catholic Cathedral of Istanbul, where he emphasized the importance of fostering unity between Catholics and Orthodox. He also addressed so called Papal Primacy, which is one of the most controversial issues, which is rejected by the Orthodox. 

"The primacy. We must continue with the request made by John Paul II, when he said, help me find a type of primacy that you can accept. That's all I can tell you.” 

The Pope also talked about his visit to the Blue Mosque, adding that he truly appreciated the tour the Grand Mufti gave him. 

"At that moment, I felt the need to pray. I told the Mufti: 'Shall we pray?' Yes, yes, he said. I prayed for Turkey, for peace, for the Mufti, for everyone and for myself, because I need it. I prayed a lot, and I prayed for peace more than anything. I said: Lord, let all wars end, Lord... It was a moment of sincere prayer”.

Several journalists asked the Pope about the comments by Turkish President Erdoan regarding Islamophobia in the West. The Pope said he asked him and other leaders to directly condemn the terrorist attacks by Islamic radicals.

"I think that... Sincerely, I think we can't say that all Muslims are terrorists. It's not true, just as we cannot say that all Christians are fundamentalists, though there are some... It's true that, faced with these terrorist attacks, not only in the Middle East, but also in Africa, many react by saying 'If this is true Islam, it makes me mad.' "I told the President (Erdoan) that it would be good for all Islamic leaders, whether political, religious or academic leaders, to speak clearly and condemn the attacks. This will help the majority of Muslim people to say 'No.' It needs to come directly from leaders.”

Overall, the spoke with the press for 45 minutes.  He thanked Turkey for welcoming more than 1.5 million refugees. In regards to the Synod on the Family, which took place recently in the Vatican, the Pope said it wasn't a  parliamentary assembly, but rather a safe place where Bishops could reflect on what God wants from the Church. When asked about topics such as homosexuality or the Armenian genocide, he didn't directly respond. Instead, he said the purpose of the press conference was to focus on his trip to Turkey. 

- BN