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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.”

The Pope signs up online as the first pilgrim for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow


By this gesture, the Pope became the first pilgrim to sign up for World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016. 

"Done. I've signed up for World Youth Day as a pilgrim using this electronic device.”

The Sunday heat didn't stop the thousands of pilgrims who filled Saint Peter's Square. The Pope spoke about the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish. He explained to them that Jesus' food didn't just feed people materially. 

"The crowd was stunned by the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, but the gift that Jesus gives is fullness of life for the hungry man. Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but that deeper hunger, the hunger for the meaning of life, the hunger for God.”

He also said that Christians can help other people in moments of difficulty and explained that it's not as hard as it seems. 

"Faced with the suffering, the loneliness, the poverty and the difficulties many people have, what can we do? Complaining doesn't solve anything. But we need to offer what little we have like the little boy in the Gospel. Surely we have an hour of time, some talent, some competence...Who among us doesn't have their 'five loaves and two fish'?.” 

Pope Francis recalled that soon it will be the second anniversary of the kidnapping of a Jesuit priest in Syria, Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, who disappeared in Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. The Pope asked everyone to pray for that priest and every prisoner in war zones. For this reason, he urged international authorities to redouble their efforts to free such prisoners. Together with the pilgrims, he prayed a Hail Mary for the captives. 

He also addressed grandparents, since it was the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, and he asked for a round of applause for the unique role that grandparents play in families.