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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.

What will the Pope do in Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay? Check it out!


July 5th through the 13th will be very intense for Pope Francis. He will travel to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay back to back, with practically no breaks. In eight days he will give 13 speeches, and six homilies. He will visit shrines, prisons, shelters and also universities. That doesn't count his meetings with civil and Church authorities in every one of those three countries. 

His first destination will be Ecuador, where he will celebrate two Masses. The first one in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. The second will take place in the Bicentennial Park of Quito on July 7th. That same day he will meet with students, professors and non-government authorities. 

Then on the 8th the Pope will visit a shelter run by the Sisters of Charity, which was of course founded by Mother Teresa. This will more than likely be one of the most moving visits in Ecuador. That same day though, the Pope will board a plane and head to Bolivia. 

Once he arrives in Bolivia, the Pope will only celebrate one Mass there, but a huge crowd is expected. 

Papal Visit Committee (Bolivia) 
"There will only be one Eucharistic celebration in the city of Santa Cruz, but roughly 2 million pilgrims are expected to attend.” 

Other unique moments will follow, like his visit to the prison of Palmasola. 

Papal Visit Committee (Bolivia) 
"It's huge jail with about 5,000 inmates. The Pope will visit them to show his support. There's all types of prisoners there. From people who were just involved in minor infractions to murderers. There's a lot of hard people there. But all of them have been abandoned by society.” 

Another moving gathering will be the Pope's meeting with heads of organizations and even popular movements that work to eradicate poverty and social exclusion. Some of them already got to see the Pope,  during an international congress in Rome. 

On July 10th, the Pope will head out to complete the last stage of his trip. The last stop will be Paraguay. The Pope plans to visit a pediatric hospital named Acosta Ñu and he will celebrate Mass in the Marian Shrine of Caacupé. He will also visit Asuncion and there he will head out to one of the poorest neighborhoods in the area, known as Bañado Norte. The trip will conclude with a Mass with young people by the Costanera river. 

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