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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.

Global Humanitarian meeting at Vatican, experts looking for ideas on solidarity


The Global Solidarity and Restoring Humanity event held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences took place on February 22, 2016, in the Vatican. This event brought together religious leaders and experts from all over the world to highlight their joint request to meet global humanitarian needs and concerns.
UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
"We need everyone to recognize that this is more responsibility and it is also in our self-interest. At this level of fragility in the world, no more is somebody else' problem is just somebody else' problem. It has a global impact and we don't have to look any further than Europe to recognize the magnitude of this impact.”

The purpose of this event is found in exploring the bridges that inspire the unity and growth of governments, communities, civil groups and private companies to do more to reduce the injustices of human beings. 

Today, there are over 60 million people struggling and displaced by conflicts on a global scale. That amount of people marks the equivalent Italy's entire population.  

World Food Programme, Executive Director
"What the Church... this Church and other faith leaders can provide is the catalyst that will drive that global public will that is necessary to ensure our ability to an entire global community to achieve humanitarian outcomes.”

Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis alike are growing at an even faster rate. In 2013, there were close to a thousand major natural disasters. 

UNHCR, High Commissioner 
"There was incredible comfort and pride when the Pope choose Lampedusa as his first trip. You know, that was a powerful message.”

With issues regarding Humanitarian Financing, the panel gives hopeful advice on how all of the society can work together to better deliver assistance to grant the needs of all people in need. 

UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
"Last year the world has provided us $25 billion dollars for humanitarian actions. This generosity has never been so inefficient. The gap today is $15 billion dollars. And we believe that it is a solvable problem. We can mobilize resources from governments, from private sectors, and using more innovation in financing humanitarian actions to fill this gap.”

Despite the great generosity aimed at the aid of  humanitarian financing, these needs are still not close to being met. In fact, in Africa and the Middle East food rations have been cut down.  

The first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul in May 2016.

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