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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.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.

Check out Calendar of the Jubilee Year of Mercy


(-ONLY VIDEO-) The Jubilee Year of Mercy will begin on December 8th. On Tuesday the Vatican gave some insight on what can be expected. 

December 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
III Sunday of Advent
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. John Lateran and in the Cathedrals of the world.

January 2016 
Friday, January 1, 2016
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
World Day for Peace.
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.
Tuesday, January 19, - Thursday, January 21, 2016
Jubilee for the clergy, religious and lay faithful working in Sanctuaries and Shrines.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
"Jubilee” sign of the Holy Father: witness of the works of mercy.
February 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Day for Consecrated Life
Jubilee for Consecrated Life and the closing of the Year for Consecrated Life.  
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Ash Wednesday
Sending forth of the Missionaries of Mercy, St. Peter’s Basilica.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Feast of the Chair of St. Peter
Jubilee for the Roman Curia
"Jubilee” sign of the Holy Father: witness of the works of mercy.
March 2016
Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2016 
"24 Hours for the Lord” with a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica on the afternoon of Friday, March 4.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Palm Sunday
The diocesan day for youth in Rome.
"Jubilee” sign of the Holy Father: witness of the works of mercy.
April 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Divine Mercy Sunday
Jubilee for those who are devoted to the spirituality of Divine Mercy.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
V Sunday of Easter
Jubilee for young boys and girls (ages 13 – 16)
To profess the faith and construct a culture of mercy.
"Jubilee” sign of the Holy Father: witness of the works of mercy.
May 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Italy
Jubilee for deacons.
June 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Jubilee for priests.
160 years since the introduction of the Feast by Pius IX in 1856.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
XI Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jubilee for those who are ill and for persons with disabilities.
"Jubilee” sign of the Holy Father: witness of the works of mercy.
July 2016
Tuesday, July 26 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
To conclude on the XVIII Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jubilee for young people.
World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.
September 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
XXIII Sunday of Ordinary Time
Memorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta – September
Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy
Sunday, September 25, 2016
XXVI Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jubilee for catechists

October 2016 
Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, 2016
Saturday and Sunday after the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Marian Jubilee

November 2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Solemnity of All Saints
Holy Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in memory of the faithful departed.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
XXXII Sunday of Ordinary Time
In St. Peters Basilica, the Jubilee for prisoners.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
XXXIII Sunday of Ordinary Time
Closing of the Holy Doors in the Basilicas of Rome and in the Dioceses of the world.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Closing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.