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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.”

Exhibit displays little known photos of St. Therese of Lisieux


The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome is hosting an exhibition on St. Therese of Lisieux. It's an interesting study of her life, but above all, it shows what was in her heart.

Les Amis de Thérèse et du Carmel de Lisieux
"We wanted to do something to assemble the message of Therese. We asked ourselves, 'What can we do?' I believe that she has inspired this, an exposition that serves everyone. And here it is, thanks to Therese we have done this.”

Rector, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
"She gives us a wonderful lesson in how to follow the Lord. We do not have to do extraordinary things, just live our lives with love and through love, knowing to discover the value in small, everyday things.”

The show brings together little known photographs of the saint, like this one. It also included photos of objects that were designed by her, like this chasuble with a metaphor for her family. From the two roses that are her parents, nine flowers were born. Four are closed, and those are children who did not survive. The other five are those who became nuns. There's also a photo of Pranzini, the murderer who converted thanks to her prayers.

Les Amis de Thérèse et du Carmel de Lisieux
"Despite the suffering and the trials, she knew how to transform her problems into hope and trust. She is an example. And what happened? She became a Carmelite.”

Rector, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
"The canonization of the parents of St. Therese makes it obvious how important it is for the family to transmit the faith, to transmit it with simplicity and depth, not only a known faith but a lived faith.”

The exhibit has already been shown in Paris, Liverpool, and a favela of Rio de Janeiro. Now, for perhaps the first time, this Doctor of the Church will enter one of the Vatican's universities.

The Secret of Therese from ROME REPORTS on Vimeo.