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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.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.

The six most powerful messages from Pope Francis in Mexico



The moment all the Mexican people were waiting for: to see the first Latin American Pope, in history, before Our Lady of Guadalupe. She was  very present in the Pope's preaching, as he recalled his preference for the poor.

"The same way she choose to show herself to little Juan, in that same way that she continues to do so with all of us, especially those, who like him, feel worthless.”


During his trip, the Pope spoke of drug trafficking, faith, corruption, exclusion and immigration. Yet, one of messages that garnered the most impact on his third-day in Mexico was about another topic: the devil.

"Dear sisters and brothers, put this in your head, with the devil there is no dialogue. You can not talk because he will always win. Only the power of the Word of God can defeat.”


Strong and fatherly were his words to the leaders of the Church in Mexico. He told them to not be defeated by the temptation of corruption.

However, his emphasis held a stronger base for unity.

"If they have to fight, fight. If they have to say things certain things, then say them. But as men, face-to-face, and as men of God. Afterwords, they should go pray together, to discern together and if they crossed the line to ask for pardon but keep the unity of the episcopal body.”


His visit with the indigenous people of Chiapas was also one of the most anticipated moments. Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the exclusion they have been subjected  to over the years. He encouraged them to not to lose their culture and customs. He said, today, a global and homogeneous world has a lot to learn from them.

"I'm sorry. Sorry, brothers. Today's world, stripped by a throwaway culture, needs you. Today's youth, exposed to a culture that tries to remove all features and cultural wealth and diversity towards a homogeneous world, need, these young people. Let not loss the wisdom of their elders.”


Drug trafficking was one of the required subjects discussed during the visit. Pope Francis spoke about this issue with particular firmness in Morelia, while facing one of the most vulnerable audiences: the youth.

"It's a lie that the only way of living or being a youth is by leaving life in the hands of drug traffickers or those that all they are doing is sowing destruction and death. It's a boldface lie and we say it in front of Jesus.”


The Pope's last great message while in Mexico left everyone speechless. From this hill that is visible from the US and Mexico, the Pope prayed for the migrants that lost their lives whiling trying to cross the border. Immigration was one of the major themes of the trip and the image of Francis blessing the people who followed the Mass from the two countries was the grand finale of this long pilgrimage to the Aztec land.