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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.

June 2015: Pope Francis releases encyclical, makes historic visit to Sarajevo


Pope Francis had a busy year in 2015, and June was no exception. In between two papal visits to Sarajevo and Turin, he released his much-anticipated encyclical, "Laudato Si.”

The Sarajevo trip took place on June 6th. The elephant in the room was the country's civil war. Although it ended 20 years ago, helping to heal the war's wounds was one of the Pope's top goals. He gave a stirring speech about the importance of equality and rejecting divisions.

"In order to successfully oppose the barbarity of those who would make of every difference the occasion and pretext for further unspeakable violence, we need to recognize the fundamental values of human communities, values in the name of which we can and must cooperate.”

Later, he said Mass at the same stadium that Pope John Paul II had come to years ago. Sixty thousand people filled the venue, but from the helicopter it seemed like more. 

There was a special place in the stadium reserved for those who were hurt or mutilated during the war. In his homily, Pope Francis directly called out those who he held responsible for wars.

"In the context of global communications, we sense an atmosphere of war. Some wish to incite and foment this atmosphere deliberately, mainly those who want conflict between different cultures and societies, and those who speculate on wars for the purpose of selling arms.”

Later in the day, he heard powerful testimony from priests and nuns who were persecuted during the civil war.

"The militants forced the pastor, Father Vinko, to put my rosary under his shoes. He refused to do so. One of the militiamen, unsheathing his sword, threatened to hit me if he did not trample and desecrate the rosary. Then I said to the pastor: 'Father Vinko, let them kill me, but, for the love of God, do not trample our Sacred object!'”

The Pope was moved and he responded without notes. He told them that they must forgive, but they cannot forget what happened during the war.

"You don't have the right to forget your history. Not for revenge, but to make peace. Not to look at them as something strange, but to love as they have loved.”

Later that month, Pope Francis' "ecology encyclical” was released. "Laudato Si” instantly became one of the most talked-about encyclicals in the history of the Church.

In the document, the Pope doesn't focus on technical solutions to care for the environment. Rather he encourages Christians to embrace changes in their everyday lifestyle. More specifically, he calls for extreme consumerism to stop. 

Experts in theology, science, and business gathered at the Vatican to address the controversy that came with the document's release. 

"It's a call to dialogue on all levels for the solution of problems which are common to all of us.”

Eastern Orthodox metropolitan of Pergamon
"I've been involved with ecumenical gatherings for many, many years, but it's the first time that I'm confronted with so many mass media. So may God help me, help protect me.”

A few days after releasing the new papal document, Pope Francis traveled north to visit the Holy Shroud in Turin, Italy.

There was silence as Pope Francis prayed for several minutes in front of the relic, which is said to have covered Jesus' dead body. When he finished praying, the Pope reached out and touched the frame that holds the Shroud.

Even though a Pope has never officially recognized this linen cloth as the one that covered the body of Jesus after his Crucifixion, the Holy Shroud is nonetheless the most prized relic of the Catholic Church.

After vising the relic, Pope Francis stopped speak to tens of thousands of young people. He spoke with them about love and urged them to avoid living a hedonistic lifestyle.

"Often, advertisers want to convince us that something is beautiful and that it's good. They make us believe they're selling diamonds, when in reality, it's only glass.” 

True love, according to Pope Francis, entails respect and service. People must not love others just to satisfy their own need for pleasure.

"It's a love that recognizes the life of the other as something sacred. It says: 'I respect you, I don't want to use you.' It's not easy. We all know the difficulties that rise when trying to overcome the simplistic and hedonistic concept of love. Forgive me, if I said something you weren't expecting, but please, I ask you to make an effort to live a chaste love.” 

The Pope also had a private meeting with some of his relatives who live in the Turin area.