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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:
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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.

Keys to understanding the Pope's meeting with Patriarch Kiril


Cuba will host a historic meeting between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic church. Both churches have been separated for centuries. Choosing the Caribbean island as the host for this meeting shows a careful diplomatic approach.

Expert in History and Russian culture
"Cuba is the ideal place for the meeting of the two leaders because it is a country that is outside of Europe, where the conflict began. And perhaps, quarrels could have taken place if it were hosted somewhere in Europe. Not only is Cuba a Catholic county, it also has a good relationship with Russia. Enough reason to have both leaders feeling at home.”

Father Stefano Caprio is a professor and expert in Russian history. He says that this is the opportune moment to approach this long standing strain between the churches. Especially, with a Pope like Francis.

Expert in History and Russian culture
"The Russians felt they competed with Pope John Paul II because he was Polish. With him there were tensions because it was the post-communist period and there was fear that the West would invade them. With Benedict XVI there was a balance in both relationships. Now, with a non-European Pope, has created the right climate to avoid controversy.”

Together with the Russian, there are 14 other Orthodox Churches, each with their own hierarchical authority but they do share a doctrine and sacraments. All the patriarchs are treated as equals but, symbolically, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is considered "first among equals.” The Patriarchate of Moscow, with Patriarch Kirill as chairman, comprises of more than half of the Orthodox world.

Expert in Russian history and culture
"Yes, we estimate that most are from Russia and the Ukraine. Most Russians are dispersed throughout the world, so there are between 250 and 350 million. Also, considering the Ukrainian diaspora around the world. Therefore, they make-up more than half of the Orthodox faith. The meeting represents a decisive moment for the Catholic Church and the Eastern Church.”

The meeting between the Patriarch of Moscow and Pope Francis will last about two hours. Among the topics, they will discuss the situation of the persecution of Christians in the world.

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