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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.”

Will the next President of the United States be Catholic?


On Monday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced what everyone already knew: He will seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

Bush is now part of a long list of Republican presidential hopefuls. Interestingly, quite a few of those contenders are Roman Catholic. It's possible that by 2017, the United States could have its first Catholic president in more than 50 years

Here is a quick glance at the Catholic contenders. 

Jeb Bush converted to Roman Catholicism, his wife's faith, in 1994. Bush recently said that "I loved the absolute nature of the Catholic Church.” 

Another top-tier candidate is Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American who was baptized Catholic and attended Mormon services as a child. He was married in the Catholic Church and today considers himself a practicing Catholic.

In addition to Bush and Rubio, there are several other Catholic Republicans who political handicappers consider less likely to win.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who finished second in the 2012 Republican primary, is known as an outspoken and devout Catholic. He officially entered the Republican field last month.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has not yet announced, but he is expected to enter the race. He has spoken about the importance of his faith several times and said he considers Archbishop John Myers "a dear friend.”

Also likely to enter the race is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. An Indian-American, he converted to Catholicism from Hinduism in what he called a "very intellectual-based journey.”

While most of the Catholics running for president are Republicans, there is still at least one Catholic Democratic candidate.  

Hillary Clinton, a Methodist, is heavily favored to win the Democratic nomination. But a long-shot challenger, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, is Roman Catholic.