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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.

ROME REPORTS introduces “On the Border of Hell,” a look at Christian persecution in Iraq


"We are from Mosul. We left at 6 in the morning because we were threatened. Because we are Christians, we were told that we could pay a tax, convert to Islam, or our heads would be cut off.”

This is one of the many powerful testimonies included in ROME REPORTS' new documentary, "On the Border of Hell. Christian Persecution in  Iraq.”

The film shows the challenges that displaced Christians in Iraq have faced since the rise of the Islamic State. They fled their homes with nothing but their faith and a desire to live. Many took refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan to avoid certain death.

"We have great faith in God and in Jesus Christ; God willing, we will return to our home. Our hope is to go back. God will always be with us, and so we feel strong.”

"We must all pray for the situation to end, because refugees cry blood.”

The documentary was introduced at the Iraqi Embassy in Rome. The ambassador described the situation in his country a year after the ISIS invasion.

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"Now Iraqi armed forces, above all the Peshmerga in Kurdistan, are defending these refugees and have recaptured close to 30 percent of the territory occupied by ISIS criminals. It is a global war that we are in, involving the whole world. Because, when there are combatants from 102 nationalities, it is a global war.”

ROME REPORTS reported on the suffering of minorities in the region, both Christian and Yazidi. They've both been victims of terrorist violence.

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"The objective of Rome Reports as an agency is to help restore peace, establish bonds of peace between the people, and to the extent that a human story, a story of suffering is shown, it helps everyone know the suffering of the people.”

"On the Border of Hell. Christian Persecution in  Iraq,” is one of the newest ROME REPORTS documentaries.

Rome Reports' documentary "The Secret of Therese,” which tells the story of St. Therese of Lisieux, was released earlier this year and was a finalist at the "Catholic Oscars.”

The Jubilee of Mercy is the star of the latest Rome Reports documentary, "Jubilee: 700 Years Searching for Forgiveness.” It gives a history of the past Holy Years.