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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.

Hollywood actor Joseph Fiennes investigates Jesus' Risen in new film


Hollywood has not lost its taste for movies with a biblical theme. Now Joseph Fiennes is starring in this film about the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The film also features one of the stars the Harry Potter series, Tom Felton, and actress María Botto. It opens on February 19th.

The film 'Risen' offers a very thoughtful and unique approach to events recorded in scipture. 
It’s the story of a Roman tribune who is called to investigate the disappearance of the body of Christ after being crucified. The story is an adventure with the first disciples present in the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate.

"He gets given something that very few people ever witnessed and that is the resurrection, right in front of his eyes. And still the next day he intellectualize: What is a trick? Did Jesus have a twin brother?... Noise again. And I think maybe we have to sometimes just allow the noise to disappear and tuning to the greater frequency of conversation and trust and no over intellectualize or not be stimulated by the material around us”.

It’s a dramatic account of the struggle between a Roman soldier, used to using force, and a group of person driven by love.

"They were brutal, they were surgical, they were economical, and they were ruthless. But they though as one unit. But they were lead, the leadership would come down in terms on the military, battle leadership will come down understanding your opponent, no in how to break down your opponent.”

The film was recently screened at the Vatican. Actor Joseph Fiennes, a Catholic, had the opportunity to greet Pope Francis. His wife and daughters accompanied him for an encounter which deeply moved them. 

"This meeting goes beyond the explanation in words. It’s something that it’s profound. You can’t intellectualize or talk about. It’s an experience that it’s just in that moment. He is profound, spiritual, connected and deeply authentic… That’s all I can say. Normally on Wednesdays I’m on the supermarket shopping. This Wednesday I was with my family in Rome at the Vatican and we go blessed by the Pope. This is a huge, special, once in a life moment.”

For him it marked a profound experience where he was able to play one the most important roles in his career. It also presented a challenge – portraying how the first Christians lived in the days immediately following the Passion and when the disciples did not understand if Jesus had really risen or not.