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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.

Padre Pio pilgrims in Rome: “I've prayed to him and he has listened”


Tens of thousands of people joined in the streets of Rome during the transfer of the relics of Padre Pio to St. Peter's Basilica. They come from Italy, Spain, Ireland and even Poland. Together, they created a human corridor of several kilometers.

"I have come with 600 Polish pilgrims who lead prayer groups in various parts of Poland. It took us two hours by plane and then we took a bus. We came to honor the Padre Pio and say that we are his spiritual children.”

The history of this twentieth century Italian monk may not appear in the history books. But many consider him as someone who has changed their lives.

"My faith was born when I was little because my mother, my family, are devotees of Padre Pio. My mother always made the pilgrimage and I went with her. It has been passed down from generation to generation. we confide in him, especially when encountering a difficult moment in life.”

"I met him through Father Antonio Pesquera, who was a disciple of Padre Pio and he told me many wonders that he had lived with him, he instilled in me the faith of  Padre Pio, he gave me a movie, a book of his life and it all started from there. I have great devotion because I have asked for things. At face value, people may think they are coincidences, but my experiences are more like little miracles. Padre Pio's hand is behind it.”

Padre Pio's relics come to Rome and so are the stories of his miracles and heard requests. Sonia said that she once heard him speak to her in a dream.

"I dreamed something I have not managed to decipher: he was in a chair and turned to me seriously, very seriously, four plus four. I have not yet managed to understand what it meant, if it has already happened or if it will happen, but it was very serious.”

Stories and emotions about a simple monk have brought about the gathering of many to give thanks for a few hours or ask for help from the saint who never left his small village, but is now known throughout the world.

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