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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.”

Franciscan Friars beat box, sing and show-off their basketball skills, all in the name of charity


They are not your typical community of Franciscan Friars. 

In fact, these Friars from Yonkers, New York have become an internet sensation after a video of them showcasing their incredible beat-box, singing and basketball skills has gone viral. 

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
"I guess by day two, like the second day, it had like 130,000 views, just in that day. By day ten we over half a million views on Facebook. So, I guess we tapped into something.”

They are known as the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and their mission is simple; they want to share their message of peace with everyone while staying rooted to the service of giving to the poor.

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
"I kind of has this idea of using this basketball video to get peoples attention and once I have their attention, to preach the good news of Jesus Christ but also, which goes hand and hand, with preaching the needs of the poor because Jesus choose to identify with the poor.”

The Renewal friars have teamed up with Mary's Meals, an international charitable organization that is owned and run by community volunteers in different parts of the world. The volunteers take turns to prepare, cook and serve the meals to children in the most impoverished schools.

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
"What I love about Mary's Meals are a couple of things. First of all, the idea is perfect. It's so simple. For a little less than 20 dollars, you are able to provide a nutritious meal for a child in their place of education for an entire year.”

This viral video has certainly helped bring awareness to a notable charitable organization. It has also served as a springboard in attracting young people who have a desire to work closely within their own communities.

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
"I really hope that our audience, especially the young audience, when they watch the video. They see that and that resonates with them. Okay, maybe following Jesus doesn't mean I have to be miserable, maybe I'll give it a shot.” 

The Renewal Friars hope to further encourage and spread their positive message to anyone that is willing to listen. As of right now, they seem have scored a slam dunk with the tremendous success they are having with promoting their message.

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
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