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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:

Bishop brings together poor Caribbean communities by building unity


Bishop Jason has not just one but two dioceses under his jurisdiction. Both of his territories in Bridgetown in Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Bishop Jason grew up in Trinidad and was and continues to be an active member of Living Water Community, a charitable ministry to the poor  made up of volunteers. It was there that he witnessed, first hand, the alarming surge in gang violence and poverty in his community and decided to tackle the situation head on.

Bishop of Barbados
"We are a very small Church because Barbados was a thoroughly British colony, where Catholicism was always a minority religion. And now, the Church has woken up and people are getting confidence. People are starting to see a future.”

His faith and deep relationship with God led him to the priesthood when he was in his late twenties. His involvement with the Church helped him expand his sense of community in order to mediate and bring about a peaceful solution. He managed to do this by returning the power and control held by the gangs to the local people.

Bishop of Barbados
"All the parishes are working with the pastoral plans, to try and reach out further, to try and form their people, to try and cultivate missionary disciples and to really have a sense of church on mission.”

This Caribbean community has served as a powerful pillar of strength for the most unprivileged in the West Indies. Bishop Jason along the local Living Water Community in Barbados have teamed up with other charitable organizations in different island territories in an effort to heal those that are physically and spiritually starved. 

Bishop of Barbados
"In 2014, Barbados went through a very serious economic bump. The government laid off 3,500 workers and the private sector also laid off quite a few workers. In an economy where you only have were you only have 227,000 people in the whole country. That is a big number because it represent a lot of families being affected.”

Because of this crisis, an organization called the HUB-People Helping People was launched. He has coordinated with other catholic charities to help bring some new found light into those that have been financially marginalized due to unforeseeable circumstances. 

This small island nation is no stranger to hard times, yet its inhabitant's overwhelming ability to stand up is a feat larger than life.