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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:

What are the Salesians doing at Expo Milano 2015?


Expo Milano 2015 has drawn nations, organizations, and companies from all over the world: from Angola to Argentina, and Coca Cola to Caritas.

But one of the most surprising participants may be the Salesians of Don Bosco and their pavilion, Casa Don Bosco.

The Salesians was founded in the 19th century by Saint John Bosco, with the purpose of helping young and poor children. The 200th anniversary of Bosco's birth is in August.

Delegate of the Rector Major to Expo 2015
"Casa Don Bosco at the Expo was a surprise for us. Many wonder: What is Don Bosco doing at the Expo? We like this question because it is provocative.”

The theme for this year's Expo is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Following that idea, the Salesians have created their own theme, "Educating young people, energy for life.”

The project has been years in the making. Visitors to Casa Don Bosco will be able to experience a wide variety of activities like vocational training and spiritual exercises.  

Delegate of the Rector Major to Expo 2015
"It is a very simple experience. The person enters, feels welcome, delves into something, learns something about Don Bosco and then can continue visiting the Expo.”

Expo 2015 comes to a close on October 31st. But that doesn't mean that the work of Casa Don Bosco will end. In fact, the structure will take on a whole new life after the Expo.

Delegate of the Rector Major to Expo 2015
"We knew that at the end of the Expo everything would need to be dismantled. The architects thought of making a sustainable structure that could be disassembled and reused. The structure is made of wood and steel panels that make walls. It looks like a house because it's so simple.”

Once the Expo ends, they will dismantle the house and ship it to Ukraine. There, it will be reassembled and used as a shelter for young people. There will be a school, chapel, and vocational training center.

Belfiore said, "We want this house to be a gift from the Salesian pupils.” And with that gift, the good that is being done at Expo will continue for years in one of the parts of the world that needs help most.