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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:

Second Week of the Synod: Key Points


The first week of the Synod was dedicated to looking into the challenges modern day families face. For the second week, Bishops will be analyzing the vocation of the family. In fact, the document the synod is using as a point of reference, has 30 points that delve into this very issue.


First, is the Sacrament of marriage. From the union of a man and woman to the indissolubility of this bond. Bishops will talk about faithfulness in married couples including the issue of those who find it challenging stay faithful.

Bishops will also highlight some of the virtues of married life, like respect, confidence, gratitude, patience and forgiveness.

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"We will look at the key role the family plays in passing on the faith, that includes values like prayer, service and solidarity. All of these points are learned at home.”


Since the Catholic Church describes the family as a domestic Church, Bishops are also looking the possibility of developing a new catechesis that will help Christians deal with modern day challenges, especially with the cultural shift seen in many countries.

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Bishops want to highlight that committing to marriage isn't about being limited, but rather about being fulfilled, especially when it comes to dealing with life's challenges.


Last but not least, this week the Synod will analyze how the Church can help marriages that are in crisis and that run the risk of separation.

Along these same lines, bishops are also looking at a plan of action to prepare engaged couples for marriage, that includes those who are perhaps already living together in a committed relationship and young adults who simply don't believe in marriage anymore.

President of Peru's Episcopal Conference
"The Church needs to prepare these couples so they understand what exactly love and faithfulness is all about. Also, making sure that families who are going through hard times, don't feel abandoned, but rather accompanied by the Church.

Pope Francis has said, he wants the Church to focus on mercy and truth when it comes to the family. The Synod of Bishops will conclude on October 25th.