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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.

NGO using technologies, renewable energy and humanitarian aid on the Gaza Strip and beyond


Sunshine4Palestine is a non-profit association based in England, with satellite offices in Palestine and Italy. It is an association of young professionals working together to apply new technologies, renewable energy sources and humanitarian aid to areas of the world that are in need. 

"The power source in the hospital is solar. We have received data from our work in the Palestinian territory lately and thanks to this facility in 2014, there has been an increased of 174 percent hospital patients, while in 2015 they grew even more by 228 percent.” 

Francesca Vitalini is the Press Agent for Sunshine4Palestine. She has been with the company since its inception in January of 2013. Francesca is one of several remote staff members dedicated to Sunshine4Palestine's mission.

Even though Sunshine4Palestine is still in its infancy as an organization, it has already begun to amass some notable causes. Sunshine4Palestine is able to raise funds by hosting musical concerts throughout Rome.

Health care services, sustainable water and solar energy are among some of the initiatives that Sunshine4Palestine has developed. 

"They are young professionals, surely this is one of the most characteristic aspects of Sunshine for Palestine. President Barbara Capone is a young Italian researcher who works in Vienna and the rest are less than 40-years-old, so the whole team is full of young professionals working in different fields.”

The Jenin Charitable Hospital in Gaza is perhaps one of their most remarkable feats to date. Prior to the installation of the solar power panels, the hospital staff could only work four hours a day. Today, it is the first hospital in Gaza to run on an independent electric grid.

Both the Gaza strip and in the West Bank have very limited access to water, with little or no continuous energy supply to the drained aquifers that have been contaminated by sea water. 

Another distinctive proposal is the "Tree of Light” incentive in which in a solar tree, with Photo-voltaic Panels as leaves, will produce enough energy to light up to half a mile of the main street in the refugee camp with 50 WATS worth of LED lights

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"We will create in collaboration with ACS and  Leader of Light in Italy; home gardens, urban gardens where the energy comes from a portion of photo-voltaic installations.”

It is an organization that literally and figuratively goes off the grid when it comes to innovation and technology for the betterment of societies like those along the Gaza strip. Sunshine4Palestine is making fast strides in the Middle East and they only hope to expand their network on a global scale.

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