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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:
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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.

Official schedule of Pope's upcoming visit to Africa


Pope Francis will make his first Apostolic Voyage to Africa at the end of November. He will visit three countries, including one of the most marginalized in the world. The whirlwind tour will begin in Kenya and end in the Central African Republic.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

07:45     Departure from Rome Fiumicino to Nairobi, Kenya

17:00     Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Welcome ceremony at the State House

18:00     Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic at the State House in Nairobi

18:30     Meeting with the civil authorities of Kenya and with the diplomatic corps
Thursday, November 26, 2015

08:15     Interreligious and Ecumenical Meeting in the Salon of the Apostolic Nunciature in Nairobi

10:00     Holy Mass on the Campus of the University of Nairobi

15:45     Meeting with clergy, religious men and women, and seminarians, at the athletic field of St Mary’s School

17:30     Visit to the United Nations Office in Nairobi (U.N.O.N.)
Friday, November 27, 2015

08:30     Visit to the poor neighbourhood of Kangemi in Nairobi

10:00     Meeting with young people in Kasarani Stadium

11:15     Meeting with the Bishops of Kenya in the VIP room of the Stadium

15:10     Farewell ceremony at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

15:15     Departure by air from Nairobi for Entebbe

16:50     Arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda
Saturday, November 28, 2015

08:30     Visit to the Anglican Sanctuary of the Martyrs at Namugongo

09:00     Visit to the Catholic Sanctuary of the Martyrs at Namugongo

09:30     Holy Mass for the Martyrs of Uganda in the area of the Catholic Sanctuary

15:15     Meeting with youth at Kololo Air Strip in Kampala

17:00     Visit to the House of Charity of Nalukolongo

18:00     Meeting with the Bishops of Uganda in the Residence of the Archbishop

19:00     Meeting with priests, religious men and women, and seminarians in the Cathedral
Sunday, November 29, 2015

09:00     Farewell ceremony at the Airport of Entebbe

09:15     Departure by air from Entebbe for Bangui in the Central African Republic

10:00     Arrival at M’Poko International Airport of Bangui

Welcome ceremony

11:00     Courtesy visit to the president of the state of transition in the Presidential Palace "de la Renaissance”

11:30     Meeting with civic leaders and with the diplomatic corps

12:15     Visit to a refugee camp

13:00     Meeting with the Bishops of the Central African Republic

16:00     Meeting with the Evangelical Community at the headquarters of FATEB (the Faculty of Evangelical Theology of Bangui)

17:00     Holy Mass with priests, religious men and women, catechists, and young people at the Cathedral of Bangui

19:00     Confessions of some young people; and the beginning of the Vigil of Prayer in front of the Cathedral
Monday, November 30, 2015

08:15     Meeting with the Muslim community in the central Mosque of Koudoukou in Bangui

09:30     Holy Mass in the Stadium at the Barthélémy Boganda Sports Complex

12:15     Departure ceremony at M’Poko International Airport of Bangui

12:30     Departure by air for Rome

18:45     Arrival at Rome/Ciampino Airport