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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.”

Inside the hospital that serves patients who live on less than a dollar a day


Africa Day has been celebrated on May 25th since 1963. It's an occasion to remember Africa, a complicated continent filled with both struggles and triumphs. 

According to the United Nations Human Development Index, the 18 least developed countries are African. And the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of them. Since World War II, the country has been torn apart by various conflicts. But after all these years, the nation's people still hope to succeed and live peaceful lives.

In the DRC's capital, people like Alvaro, who left behind his life in Madrid, are fighting to turn the country around. He works in a hospital that, since 1991, has served people who live on less than one dollar a day.

Deputy Director, Monkole Hospital (Democratic Republic of Congo)
"We have about 84,000 visitors a year. We treat, more than anything, tropical diseases such as malaria. There is also a lot of tuberculosis, and we treat AIDS patients. There's also ringworm, plus all the diseases that we have in Europe or other countries.”

Power outages are constant, pushing the limits of an already weak health system. But his hospital remains a leading one. There are also has three clinics in different city slums, which serve 20,000 people. The hospital has 110 beds, but it needs an expansion, as there are always more patients.

Deputy Director, Monkole Hospital (Democratic Republic of Congo)
"The hospital is not simply for the people of Kinshasa for the entire Congo, which is quite large. It is five times the size of Spain and has 70 million inhabitants.”

A famous journalist said correctly that Africa is not a country. Africa Day is celebrated, at least partly, to remind us that all 55 African countries have their own strengths and weaknesses, their own similarities and differences.

MG / Harambee / Hospital Monkole