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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:
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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.

Seven curiosities about Amoris Laetitia, the Pope's document on the family


In addition to the proposed integration of  divorced and remarried people into the Church, "Amoris Laetitia” offers very creative approaches to dating, domestic partnership and parenting.

Valentine's Day
With this document, he wants to show the attractiveness of the Christian proposal on marriage and the family. He asks the Church and Catholics not to waste any opportunity to find it. "To give just one example: I think of Saint Valentine’s Day; in some countries, commercial interests are quick to see the potential of this celebration than we are from within the Church.” 

Confidences in dating
The Pope proposes that couples speak to each other candidly and in depth. He says that although it may not seem like it, "many couples marry without really knowing one another. They have enjoyed each others company and done things together, but without facing the challenge of revealing themselves and coming to know who the other person truly is.”

Practical tips
He dedicates various sections on giving tips on how to live with a quality of life. He proposes that couples should give each other a "morning kiss, wait at the door to welcome each other home, take trips together and share household chores”. And also "it helps to break the routine with a party.”

He also teaches how to have patience, overcome jealousy, learn forgiveness, devote time to the in-laws.

Value of sexuality
A lot have been surprised by the positive tone he uses to write about sexuality. Pope Francis defines it as "God's marvelous gift”, that "needs to be cultivated and directed, so to prevent the impoverishment of an authentic value.”

Presence of the father in the house
Pope Francis spoke strongly against a man's little involvement in the home. He claims that "fathers are often so caught up in themselves and their work, and at times in their own self-fulfillment, that they neglect their families.'The presence of the father is also impacted by the amount of time given over to the communications and entertainment media.”

Who are the children with?
The Pope asks parents to prepare their children to recognize and face the dangers that lay ahead, but not to control them. He says that "parents need to consider what they want their children to be exposed to, and this necessarily means being concerned about who is providing their entertainment, who is entering their rooms through television and electronic devices, and with whom they are spending their free time.”

When beauty disappears
In a realistic journey through the stages of marriage, the Pope recalls the time when  "appearances change.” He says that "we love the other person for who they are, not simply for their body. Although the body ages, it still expresses that personal identity that first won our heart.”