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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:

Vatican official: Pope is not minimizing abortion, instead wants people to feel grace


Pope Francis has given priests throughout the world the power to absolve the sin of abortion during the next Jubilee of Mercy.

It remains a grave sin, which leads to excommunication from the Church.

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"It is not like robbing or stealing something from someone. Life is sacred and its only master is God. It is such a grave sin that the person who commits it faces excommunication from Communion with the Church.”

Precisely because of this seriousness, someone who commits the sin must be absolved by a bishop or by priests who have been granted the authority to do so. Not all priests currently have that power.

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"It is not a punishment. It is simply postponing forgiveness a bit to help with reflection. In the same way, committing a misdemeanor is not the same as committing murder. An abortion is delicate. This is life. He is not denying forgiveness. It is just postponed until a guarantee of true repentance, of desire for conversion and change.”

Starting December 8, 2015, and lasting until November 20, 2016, Pope Francis will grant all priests the capacity to give absolution for the sin. The decision isn't meant to minimize the gravity of the abortion.

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"It is not minimizing it. What the Pope is doing is empowering people. In a special year like the Jubilee Year, which has a start date and an end date, God's graces are able to rain down in droves. He is making sure no one feels prevented from receiving these graces.”

In a letter sent by Pope Francis today, he says he understands the conditions that lead a woman to make this decision. He adds that it's a moral and existential drama that is very serious. But, at the same time, he recalls that God's forgiveness isn't given to everyone. Rather, only people who confess with a sincere heart may receive it.