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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.”

Card. Péter Erdő, highlights key points of the Synod of Bishops


The first session of the Synod on the Family, kicked off on Monday. Cardinal Péter Erd, started things off by speaking before the 300 participants and summarizing the key points of the so called 'working document.'  

It includes additional thoughts on the family, that Pope Francis brought to light throughout the past year. 

The document states that there's a vast consensus in the Church when it comes to young couples. Bishops agree that the Church must do more to help newlywed couples by having them talk to couples who have been married for years. 

Relator General of the Synod 
"From these discussions, other enriching connections can rise. Including support for those in difficult situations or those with problems in their marriage. By being part of a faith group, the faith of couples can increase. Especially if these groups meet regularly to read the Bible and pray together. It's a way to cultivate the faith.”  

Another issue being looked at in the Synod, are children who grow up in broken homes, without the presence of a father or a mother. That includes divorced parents, those who spend too much time at work, and  those who have immigrated to other countries. 

Ultimately the main goal is to reach out to those people who face challenging family situations and to those who are no longer active in the Church. 

Relator General of the Syno
"If a Church community welcomes these people, in whatever circumstance they find themselves in. And if the Church can clearly introduce the truth about marriage, it could help these couples to opt for Sacramental marriage.” 

Cardinal Erdo, emphasized that the Synod should reflect on  divorced and civilly re-married Catholics, who want to receive the Eucharist. 

Archbishop of Morelia (México)
"The Church must extend its contribution, to be close to those who are in pain and those who look for a solution to their situation.” 

Cardinal Suarez Inda is from Mexico. He think one option that is often overlooked, is showing the beauty of Christian life and living it out in public. 

Archbishop of Morelia (México)
"The priority should be showing the true identity of the family. Recognizing God's purpose in creating the family. It's based on a stable and fertile union between man and woman. It's a school of love. It implies sacrifices, but it's the source of authentic joy.” 

Dealing with these issues and finding solutions won't happen overnight. The Cardinal says one of the first steps is getting governments and every day Christians involved, to nurture a new culture.