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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.

Every minute, 30 people in the world flee their homes because of war or persecution


The world is now more turbulent than it has been in decades. There are currently 60 million refugees in the world. That makes about one out of every 122 people on the planet a refugee.

Pope Francis recently asked for an end to this tragedy.

"I invite all of you to ask for forgiveness for people and institutions who close the door to people who are searching for a home, who are searching for a family, who are searching for protection.”

As the migrant crisis in Southeast Asia has shown, the doors are often closed. Some people are left at sea to die.

Victims of violence, as many Iraqis are, end up displaced within their own country. Many Syrians end up fleeing by the thousands to find safety.

Jesuit Refugee Service
"We are trying to launch an appeal to European countries to open their doors so that Syrians can come to our countries safely and legally, so they do not have to take a boat. Because until now, the only option for Syrians is to take a boat and risk their lives in the Medditerrean.”

For more than 30 years, the Jesuit Refugee Service has helped people who were displaced by force. For example, in Syria they help more than 300,000 people without discriminating based on origin or creed.

They also help refugees who are arriving to host countries. In Lebanon, for instance, they are opening schools for displaced Syrian children like Ghada.

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"During my last day in Syria, I was excited to come. But at the same time, I saw how hard it was to live, how hard life is. Now I dream of returning to Syria.”

And no matter how normal a refugee's life may become in a new place, their greatest wish is to return home.

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"We are seeing around the world that every day the walls are higher, that it is impossible for a Rohingya, for a Syrian, for a person who has fled their country and cannot go back to receive international protection.”

According to the UN Refugee Agency, every minutes 30 people must flee their homes because of war, violence, or persecution. That breaks down to 42,500 every day. June 20th marks World Refugee Day, which is meant to remind people throughout the world that any person could be uprooted from their home.