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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:
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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.

Pope Francis' nine most powerful foreign policy moments


Pope Francis belongs to the very small group of leaders who can make a real difference in international affairs. And from the moment he became Pope, he has never been shy on the world stage.

To commemorate the Pope's first thousands days, here are nine of his biggest moments in foreign policy.


Pope Francis, who came from a family of Italian immigrants to Argentina, made a statement with his first trip outside of Rome. He chose to go to  Lampedusa, also known as the "gateway to Europe.”

While there, he used a phrase that would become a mainstay during his time as Pope.

"Who has cried for these people who lost their lives on a boat? For the young mothers who  traveled with their children? For those men, who are looking for means to support their families? We are a society that has forgotten the experience of shedding tears, of suffering amid the globalization of indifference.”


The ongoing war in Syria is one of the most gut-wrenching stories of our time. It's also one of Pope Francis' greatest concerns. A few months after becoming Pope, he organized a prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square.

One hundred thousand people came and prayed alongside the Pope. Lots of followers of other religions also came. Even early in his pontificate, it was clear that Pope Francis could bring together people in a way no other leader could.


When Pope Francis visited the Wailing Wall in May 2014, he brought along two important friends: Rabbi Abraham Skorka and the Muslim leader Omar Abboud. 

In a powerful interreligious statement, the three old friends embraced before the landmark. They said together, "We did it!”


The Pope had some strong words for Europe's most important assembly: The European Parliament.

He highlighted the theme of dignity many times. Offenses against dignity come in many forms, he explained. The speech received a standing ovation.

"Dear Members of the European Parliament, the time has come to work together in building a Europe which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.”


In late 2014, Cuba and the United States announced a thaw in relations after half a century of animosity. During the announcement, both Raul Castro and Barack Obama name-checked the Pope.

In fact, Pope Francis personally reached out to both leaders in the process. He even invited both parties to the Vatican to discuss their negotiation process.


During Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope referred to the Ottoman Empire's killing of about 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as a "genocide.”

He received push-back from the Turkish government for his remarks, but the Pope stood firm and explained why he described the killings that way.

"Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.” 


When Pope Francis published "Laudato Si” in June 2015, it attracted almost unprecedented attention for a papal encyclical. It's exactly what the Pope wanted.

His call for sweeping changes in how humans think about ecology was timed to influence the COP 21 climate conference in Paris. Since its release, the encyclical has been cited by countless heads of state. And perhaps more importantly, its message has reached millions of people: Catholic or not.


Some of the toughest criticisms of Pope Francis have come from politically conservative Catholics in the United States. The Pope's trip there, the first in his life, was considered a major test of his appeal.

Polling data after the trip suggests the visit improved the Pope's standing among Americans. Moments like this, during his address to Congress, are why he was able to win over doubters.

"We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'”


It was perhaps the riskiest move of his papacy. Pope Francis decided to visit a country currently in the middle of a violent civil war.

His visit to a refugee camp in the Central African Republic was the most moving moment of the trip. It was also powerful diplomacy.

"We have to work and pray and do everything for peace. But peace without love, without friendship, without tolerance, without forgiveness, is not possible.”