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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.

March 2015: Pope Francis visits Naples and meets with Communion and Liberation movement


In March, Pope Francis met with about 70,000 members of the Communion and Liberation movement from 47 countries. St. Peter's Square was completely flooded with people, so Pope Francis opened half of Via della Conciliazione to greet those who were unable to enter.

Ten years after the founder Luigi Giussani's death, the organization's president asked the Pope to teach them how to maintain the charism of their movement.

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"We have come as beggars, with a desire to learn. We want you to help us to live with more fidelity and passion for the charism that we have received.”

Pope Francis delivered an important speech. He explained that the greatest way to serve the founder is not to repeat what he did, but rather do what he would have done.

"Luigi Giussani's legacy cannot be reduced to a museum of memories, decisions, rules of conduct. Certainly, one should be loyal to tradition. But fidelity to tradition, as Mahler said, means keeping the fire alive and not worshiping the ashes.”

In March, the Pope took advantage of a parish visit to stop by a center for the sick and elderly located near the church.

"Holy Father, the Lord has been generous to me. Very, very.”

The Pope greeted them all one by one, and left this message:

"The Lord never abandons us. When hard times come, a bit of nostalgia, sadness, the tears coming ... Let's do this with our hands. 'Lord, I know You're here.' He never abandons us. Perhaps you say, 'You are here but it is me who is having the ugly moment.' But He also has lived a hard time on the Cross. Do you remember? He was the first to break through.”

The Pope also celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Therese of Jesus. Devotees brought the cane with which the saint traveled through Spain to the Vatican. This is how the Pope reacted.

"This is what she used as an old lady?” he joked before kissing it at the end of the general audience.”
"We bring the cane of St. Teresa of Jesus.”

In addition, the Pope made an intense one-day visit to Naples. It began in Scampia, a neighborhood known for its connections to the local mafia. He also visited Camorra, an area characterized by corruption and unemployment.

"None of us can say 'No, I will not corrupt myself.' No! It is a temptation. It is a slippery slope from there: from easy business, to crime, to the exploitation of people. Corruption stinks and a corrupt society stinks. A Christian who lets corruption inside them is not Christian. That person stinks. Understand?”

Hours later, he delivered a strong message against the mafia while celebrating Mass in the center of Naples.

"To the criminals and all their accomplices today, I humbly repeat as your brother: Turn toward love and justice. Let God's mercy find you. I know that Jesus is looking to embrace you, to kiss, to love you even more so.”

Curiously enough, a group of  nuns from seven cloistered covenants were allowed to exit their convent to meet with Pope Francis.

"Later, later, later, where are you all going? Later... But look. And these are the cloistered ones! Imagine if they were not! They're going to eat him. Sister ! Sister! Sister! We must continue. We can not waste time.”

The Pope had lunch at the Poggioreale prison with about 90 inmates who warmly welcomed him. They cooked themselves: pasta, chicken and sweets.

One of the most tender moments of the visit came on the boardwalk. About 100,000 young people gathered to meet with the Pope.

A 95-year-old woman named Erminia thanked the Pope for his attention to the elderly. Pope Francis jokingly congratulated her for being so old.

"I tell you one thing: If you are 95 years old, I am Napoleon. Congratulations on how you carry your years!” FLASH "You reap what you sow. To you, children, the fourth commandment. Do you love your parents? Do you hug them? Do you tell them you love them?”

He had some very special guest upon his return to Rome.

In March, the Vatican Museums closed their doors to serve about 150 people homeless. No one in the Sistine Chapel knew what was coming. Pope Francis personally greeted them all.

"The Pope walked in and when we saw him, applause broke out and there were even some tears.”

"It was beautiful, especially because I had never been there before. The fact that the Pope is welcoming us and those who are going through rough times, it's an honor.”

Pope Francis asked them to pray for him. They have no home, no money, no luxuries ... There was no shortage of prayers for the Pope who had let them into one of the most beautiful museums in the world.

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