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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:

Family from Spain leaves everything to go as missionaries to Japan


With these happy faces, 270 missionary families of the Neocatechumenal Way left the Vatican after being received by the Pope. Now they leave for places where Christianity has been forgotten, to talk about God.

Among them, is the Castillo de Luna family with their six children. They are from Seville in Spain, but now will cross half the world to go as missionaries to Japan. Their children were in the front row, so the Pope invited them to go on the stage.

"I really did not want to go up because I was embarrassed, then the woman pushed me and I went up.”

Four of these pint-sized children accompanied Pope Francis throughout the ceremony. Although the Pope asked them the same as he asks adults.

"He told me to pray for him, he will also pray for us.”

The small children will now depart with their parents to the country of the rising sun. Their fathers goal is to propose their faith living by example as a normal Christian family, in a country where Christianity is a minority religion.
"The mission is to live every day by the Gospel, seeing how God paves the way every day, and also by doing His will. FLASH. He showed us the beauty of the family, of marriage, we are open to life, the fruit of this is our six children, and one that is in heaven, and see how the Lord has put us in this direction, he has called us as a family unit and sent us on this mission.”

But his path will not be without difficulties. He still does not know the exact city that will host them on their mission. Once that is confirmed that is when he will relocate his life and that of his children. Even though, this will entail a change of geographic course, it does not scare them.

"We have seen that it is not our own doing that  got us here, we have seen how the Lord has designed all of our history and we think that all of the difficulties along the way have been planned by getting us afloat, especially when relying on prayer and our community.”

Perhaps Cayetano, Rodrigo, Juan Pablo and Francisco will one day tell their children, in Japanese, of the day they shared the stage with the Pope.