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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.

September 2015: Pope Francis' historic visits the United States and Cuba


September was one of the most important months of the Pope's year, as he made his first visits to the United States and Cuba. He spent a lot of time preparing for the trip, and he even went out to get a new pair of frames ahead of the voyage.

People couldn't believe their eyes. Pope Francis was visiting an optometrist near Piazza del Popolo. It wasn't long before locals and tourists gathered outside for a chance to see the Pope. 

However, that crowd was nothing compared to the one that awaited the Pope when he landed in Havana. He spoke about the newly developed ties between the U.S. and Cuba.

"I urge political leaders to persevere on this path and to develop all its potentialities as a proof of the high service which they are called to carry out on behalf of the peace.”

The next day, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución. He spoke about the importance of service.

"There is a kind of 'service' which truly 'serves,' yet we need to be careful not to be tempted by another kind of service, a 'service' which is 'self-serving.' There is a way to go about serving which is interested in only helping 'my people,' 'our people.' .”

Pope Francis also met with young Cubans. He delivered a hopeful address and issued a challenge to them.

"Open yourself, open yourself, and dream. Dream that the world with you can be different. Dream that you are going to help make the world better. Don't forget it.”

He also made a visit to Fidel Castro, who became Prime Minister of Cuba just months after the Pope became a Novice in the Society of Jesus.

Although Cuban state television did not divulge what the two discussed, it was clear that their conversation covered a lot of terrain. During part of the meeting, the Pope's face appeared serious.

After three nights on the island, Pope Francis departed for the United States. Cheering crowds welcomed the Pope as his plane landed in Washington, D.C. He stepped into a Fiat 500 that captured America's attention for the rest of the trip.

Speaking at the White House, the Pope said it was important "to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family.” He added that American Catholics hope to live in a just society. 

"With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty.”

Pope Francis did not disappoint in his speech to Congress. He weighed in on the death penalty, refugees, and countless other issues. This line produced the biggest applause.

"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.'”           

Speaking at the United Nations the next day, Pope Francis linked his support for the environment with his opposition to gender ideology.

"The defense of the environment and the fight against exclusion demand that we recognize a moral law written into human nature itself, one which includes the natural difference between man and woman, and absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions.”

The emotional high point of his trip to the United States may have come during a visit to Ground Zero in New York. Although he was at a place of great pain and suffering, the Pope delivered a hopeful speech.

"In the depths of pain and suffering, you also witnessed the heights of generosity and service. Hands reached out, lives were given. This place of death became a place of life too, a place of saved lives, a hymn to the triumph of life over the prophets of destruction.”

When Pope Francis spoke at the World Meeting of Families, he set down his prepared remarks and gave a passionate talk about how strong families lead to strong societies. 

"God plans so that our hearts be open. He likes to open hearts. It comes from Him. But you know what He likes most. To knock on the doors of families and to find families who love each other. Families who bring up their children to grow and help them move forward.”

During his final meeting with U.S. bishops, Pope Francis began by recounting a meeting he just had with victims of sexual abuse.

"It continues to make me feel overwhelming ashamed that people who were in charge of the tender care of those small children violated them and caused them serious harm. I deeply regret it. God weeps.”

One of his last visits was to a prison in Philadelphia. He had tough words for prison systems that don't focus on rehabilitation.

"He wants us to keep walking along the paths of life, to realize that we have a mission, and that confinement is not the same thing as exclusion.”

Later that day, he boarded an American Airlines flight and headed home after one of the most important weeks of his papacy.