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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.”

Vatican releases Pope's travel dates for visit to Mexico


Friday, 12 February 2016

7:45        Departure from Rome's Fiumicino airport for Havana (Cuba) 
14:00Arrival at "José Martí” International Airport of Havana 
14:15Private meeting with H.H. Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia 
16:30Signing of the Joint Declaration 
17:10Farewell between His Holiness Kirill and the Holy Father 
17:30Departure from the International Airport of Havana for Mexico City 
19:30Arrival at the "Benito Juárez” International Airport of Mexico City. Official welcome
Saturday 13 February 2016
09:30     WELCOMING CEREMONY at the National Palace            
10:15     MEETING with CIVIL AUTHORITIES AND DIPLOMATIC CORPS (Discourse by the Holy Father)
11:30     MEETING with the BISHOPS of MEXICO in the Cathedral (Discourse by the Holy Father)
17:00     HOLY MASS in the Basilica of Guadalupe (Homily by the Holy Father)
Sunday 14 February 2016
09:20     Transfer by helicopter to Ecatepec        
10:30     Holy Mass in the area of the Study Centre of Ecatepec (Homily/Angelus by the Holy Father)
12:50     Transfer by helicopter to Mexico City   
13:10     Arrival in Mexico City    
16:30     VISIT TO THE PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL "Federico Gómez”  (Greetings by the Holy Father)
18:00     MEETING WITH THE WORLD OF CULTURE in the National Auditorium (Discourse by the Holy Father)
Monday 15 February 2016
07:30     Departure by plane for Tuxtla Gutiérrez             
09:15     Transfer by helicopter to San Cristóbal de Las Casas      
10:15     HOLY MASS with the indigenous  community of Chiapas at the Municipal Sports (Homily by the Holy Father)
13:00     Lunch with indigenous representatives and the Papal entourage
15:35     Transfer by helicopter to Tuxtla Gutiérrez         
16:15     MEETING with FAMILIES in "Víctor Manuel Reyna” Stadium at Tuxtla Gutiérrez  (Discourse by the Holy Father)
18:10     Departure by plane for Mexico City      
20:00     Arrival at the airport in Mexico City       
Tuesday 16 February 2016
07:50     Departure by airplane for Morelia         
10:00     HOLY MASS with priests, religious, consecrated persons, and seminarians (Homily by the Holy Father)
16:30     MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE at "José María Morelos y Pavón” Stadium (Discourse by the Holy Father)
18:55     Departure by plane for Mexico City
20:00     Arrival in Mexico City    
Wednesday 17 February 2016
08:35     Departure by plane for Ciudad Juárez  
10:00     Arrival at "Abraham González” International Airport in Ciudad Juárez  
10:30     Visit to a prison (CeReSo n.3)    (Discourse by the Holy Father)
12:00     MEETING with the WORLD of WORK at con il MONDO del LAVORO at the Colegio de Bachilleres dello Stato of Chihuahua (Discourse by the Holy Father)
16:00     HOLY MASS at the fairgrounds of Ciudad Juárez  (Homily + greeting by the Holy Father)
19:00     DEPARTURE CEREMONY at Ciudad Juárez International Airport               
19:15     Departure by plane for Rome (Ciampino Airport)
Thursday 18 February 2016
14:45     Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino Airport