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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:

Remembering Saint Juan Diego ahead of the Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe


On separate occasions in 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared before Juan Diego on a hill near Mexico City. The indigenous convert to Catholicism said she called for a Church to be built where she appeared.

Our Lady also left an image of herself on the lining of Juan Diego's cloak. It is one of the most iconic images in all of Catholicism.

The postulator for the cause of Saint Juan Diego explained the story.

Canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe
"The cloak signifies the laity. That's where the truth of God was put, with these flowers, under Our Lady. She put flowers inside the cloak then he took it to the bishop. He arrived at the bishop on the morning of Tuesday, December 12, 1531. After an hour and a half, the bishop agreed to see him. Then Juan Diego told him everything and he gave him the sign that is the flowers. And in that moment, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on Juan Diego's cloak.”

Since then, Our Lady of Guadalupe has become the Patron Saint of Mexico and the Patronness of all of the Americas.

Juan Diego has long been a major figure in Latin American Catholicism. But since his canonization in 2002, his reach has become even more international.

Canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe
"It is clearly understood by the canonization of St. Juan Diego that we verify and confirm the meeting that God had with humans through Our Lady of Guadalupe is absolutely true.”

Pope Francis himself is devoted to Our Lady. For the second year in a row, he will celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Peter's Basilica.

He will also visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Catholic world's most visited pilgrmage site, during his trip to Mexico in February.