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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.”
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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:

November 2015: Vatileaks II and the Pope's first trip to Africa


November started off dramatically and it ended the same way. On November 2, Vatican police arrested and interrogated a senior Vatican official and a lay woman who worked with the Vatican. Days later, a Vatican trial began with five people accused of two different charges.

They were a Spanish priest, Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, and an Italian laywoman and PR expert, Francesca Chaouqui. Balda's secretary Nicola Maio was also charged.

They were accused of "criminal conspiracy to disseminate news and documents related to the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.”

Also charged were the journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. They face charges of "illegally procuring and later revealing news and documents  related to the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.”

The case is centered around leaked documents which provided the basis for two books about the Vatican's finances. The penalty for the offenses can be up to eight years in prison.

What remained a mystery is exactly why the Vatican employees leaked information, and whether the two journalists would be convicted for publishing it. 

The drama on his home front didn't stop Pope Francis from undertaking one of the riskiest foreign trips of his pontificate. He began his three-country tour of Africa in Kenya on November 25th. 

The Pope's first stop was at the State House in Kenya, where he received an enthusiastic welcome.

"Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration.”

Pope Francis again thanked them for the warm welcome. He said God bless Kenya in Swahili, and the crowd went wild.

"God bless Kenya!”

While celebrating Mass at the University of Nairobi, Pope Francis offered a challenge to the hundreds of thousands of people there. It was aimed particularly at students.

"Shape a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity. May you always be concerned for the needs of the poor, and reject everything that leads to prejudice and discrimination, for these things, we know, are not of God.”

In his speech at the seat of the United Nations in Kenya, Pope Francis thanked the organizations for their work to protect nature. Speaking in Spanish, he offered a dire warning about the upcoming COP 21 conference in Paris.

"It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects.”

The Pope's first major public appearance in Uganda took place here, at the Munyonyo sanctuary, where the memory of the first four Ugandan martyrs is honored.

"We stand here today in Munyonyo at the place where King Mwanga determined to wipe out the followers of Christ. He failed in this, just as King Herod failed to kill Jesus. The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it.”

The Pope later listened closely to emotional testimonies from two young Ugandans. One suffers from AIDS and the other was kidnapped and tortured.

"For Winnie, life was like a wall, a brick wall for her. Jesus made her understand that a wall can be turned into a path towards the future...Are you ready to transform hate into love?”

The Pope left the former airport in the same way he arrived: with music and dancing all around him. It was a recurring theme during the trip.

It was unclear until nearly the last minute whether Pope Francis would be able to visit the Central African Republic. Ultimately, he did.

While in the country, he visited a refugee camp. The Pope entered by foot and began by first greeting the sick and the youngest refugees. Afterward, Pope Francis made improvised remarks and asked them to repeat a message in the future.

"But peace without love, without friendship, without tolerance, without forgiveness, is not possible...I would like for everyone to say together, 'We are all brothers.'”

On his last day in the CAR, the Pope opened Holy Door in the Cathedral of Bangui. He said that, "Bangui is the spiritual capital of the prayer for God's mercy.”

In a country where war has divided religions, Pope Francis attempted to bridge the divide between Christians and Muslims. He visited a mosque and was warmly received.

The Pope received flowers as a gift from some young girls before entering the Central Mosque. He was accompanied by the mosque's grand imam. After some remarks from the imam in French, the Pope delivered a strong interreligious message in Italian.

"Together we say no to hate. No to revenge. No to violence.”

And just as when he came in, Pope Francis took the Popemobile out. The imam rode with him as a stampede of excited people ran alongside the truck.