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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.”

Consistory Day One: Summoning every cardinal is already a reform


The cardinals arrived at the Vatican ready to hear the Pope's proposals for reforming the Roman Curia.

And three hours later, they began leaving the room. Smiling cardinals had nothing but good things to say as they departed New Synod Hall.

"It was well-received. The people who designed these reforms were very thoughtful.”

Archbishop of Milan 
"It was very interesting."

Archbishop of Abuya (Nigeria)
"It went very well. They are all good, knowledgeable people. It was a good day. "

Archbishop of Toronto (Canada)
"It's always interesting. There is a lot wisdom among the cardinals. Some are specialists in canon law, other dioceses, and other things. It is very helpful.”

"Before we can implement reforms, first come ideas and then structures. When considering those ideas, we have to take into account, that they would trigger added responsibilities to Church pastors. Spiritual responsibilities that is.” 

Some made their debut as cardinals at the event. On Saturday, the Pope will give them their red birretas, but they have now already participated in a meeting as cardinals.

Archbishop of Montevideo (Uruguay)
"It was my first time at a consistory, so it's been very positive, very good. I learned a lot.”

Archbishop of Valladolid (Spain)
"It's a very mature, very responsible group."

All said that the discussions were enriching. However, they added that there is still a long way to go.

Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
"Yes, many positive contributions, but we´re still in the begining so.”

Patriarch of Lisboa (Portugal)
"We have just begun. We'll see.”

For others, simply being together and discussing Curia reform is a step toward their goal of overall reform.

Chairman, Economic Affairs Prefecture
"We are getting deeper. It is a good opportunity to share. We are experiencing brotherhood among all the cardinals and that is already in itself a reform."

Cardinals agreed that the day was very productive. They will meet again tomorrow to further discuss simplifying the Roman Curia.