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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.”
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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.

The Vatican will have a Pavilion in the Biennale di Venezia art exhibit


The Vatican will have a Pavilion in the International Exhibition of Art of the Biennale di Venezia 2015. Cardinal Ravasi describes it as something that's not solely about religion, but also about dialogue. 

Commissioner, Pavilion of the Holy See
"An Indian proverb says: If you have two loaves of bread, give one to the poor and sell the other one. Buy a hyacinth flower and also give it to the poor. Meaning the needy have a right to both food and beauty.” 

President, Biennale di Venezia
"The Holy See has decided to have a place in the Biennale's dialogue table. It's a conversation about the art world and how we, delve into this world to ask, discuss and understand.” 

The Vatican invited three artists who had never taken part in the event, to prepare works of art that reflect a common religious phrase: "In the beginning…the Word became flesh.” 

Author, Pavilion of the Holy See
"We have an artist coming from Africa, another from South America and yet another from Europe. This will bring in different perspectives and through this exchange there will surely be some shock as well. We're hoping this cultural exchange brings about life. It's the risk artists take as they develop their work.”

The Pavillion will include photographs that reflect extreme poverty. The shots were taken by Mario Macilau, from Mozambique. It is inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan. 

From Macedonia, artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva will present a type of tent made out of feathers, bones and animal skins. It's a symbol that's meant to reflect how a second skin gives way to beauty. 

From Colombia, Monika Bravo will present a superimposed installation on glass panels with images of nature,  shapes and Gospel texts in Greek.  

Author, Pavilion of the Holy See
"The artist develops these images triggering a movement that calls on spectators to delve into this world, where these two key elements: image and word, come alive in the same space.” 

The Vatican's Pavilion will open on May 5 and will run until November 22. It has cost 400,000 euros, which have been covered by sponsors. Other 89 countries will participate in art exhibit, which in the past 120 years, has become an artistic tradition of Venice. 

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