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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:

James Tissot: painter and illustrator of fashionably dressed women and the Bible


Despite having witnessed the maladies of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, he was still able to captured the beauty of the female form.

For the first time in Italy, the work of James Tissot is exposed. As a genre painter of love and fashion, each of his paintings tells a story. Sometimes his stories speak of joy and nostalgia and always feature a women as the protagonist ... They are strong women with unflinching stares ... or women with halos of mystery ... They all appear to be caught in a moment, as if they were looking at a target that is, in fact, the painter's brush.

Tissot was born in Nantes, France, but spent much of his life in London. Yet, it was his experiences living on both sides of the English Channel, both in Paris and London, that served as key influences in the painters life.

With a world wide recognition that reaches us all as observers today.

"It's really very interesting. I did not know him but his paintings seem precious. It is a very special exhibition.”

With an influence that excels through the years. In the era of digital technology, the oil painting applied to his expertise sets an example

"I think its important to start very young bringing children to museums for several reasons: For art appreciation, for respect of art that we are in a privilege to see today but also to follow rules and to be quiet and to have a moment were we focus, we concentrate and we appreciate colors and basically i let her interpret it anyway she wants.”

Tissot was able to illustrate what no one else could... making him ahead of his time.

In the second half of his life, he placed a special emphasis on the Bible. He documented, in detail, full passages. Often, dressing his characters in clothes of his own era, as is the case in the return of the prodigal son.

His paintings are so realistic that they look as if the fringe on the woman's dresses can be touched.

This unique opportunity to see Tissot's famous works builds on a long history of recognition that has transcended onto this era.