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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.”

What's the Pope doing this week? Check it out!


It will be a busy week for Pope Francis. On Monday November 9th, the Pope will start off the week by leaving the Vatican for a bit as he heads to the Basilica of St. John Lateran. There he will lead the episcopal consecration of Rome's auxiliary Bishop, Msgr. Angelo de Donatis, starting at roughly 5 o' clock. 

On Tuesday morning, at about 8.00 a.m. the Pope will once again take a short trip. This time he will travel to Florence and Prato, as part of a pastoral visit, where he plans to meet with workers and entrepreneurs. 

Wednesday morning, St. Peter's Square will be packed, as thousands of pilgrims wait for the Pope to lead his weekly general audience, where he gives a brief catechesis, most likely on the family. 

On Thursday 12th,  just like every other weekday, the Pope will lead his early morning Mass in the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta. 

On Saturday all eyes will be on the Vatican, as  the Pope meets with the president of Iran. After their one on one meeting, the president will also meet with the Pope's diplomatic team. 

Throughout the week, the Pope will surely be getting things ready,  including his speeches,  for his upcoming trip to Africa, scheduled from November 25th to the 30th. The Pope plans to visit Kenya, Uganda, Central African Republic. 

On Sunday at noon,  the Pope will lead the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, where thousands of pilgrims gather every week,  to pray along with the Pope. But he will also have yet another appointment. At about 4 o clock, he will visit the Lutheran Church in Rome.