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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:

Sally-Ann and Robin Roberts share their story at Vatican's Medicine conference


Famed New Orleans News Anchor Sally-Ann Roberts and her younger sister "Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts were among the many guest speakers at the third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine at the Vatican.

Anchor WWL-TV (New Orleans)
"I have enjoyed being here immensely because of my sister Robin. My sister Robin was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and she was given less than two years to live. Her only chance of survival was to have a bone marrow transplant and she needed a match.”
Sally-Ann knows, first hand, the dramatic effects of Cancer. In 2012, Robin was diagnosed with a blood disease known as MDS. Luckily, Sally-Ann was a match and was able to donate her bone marrow to help with her recovery. 

Anchor WWL-TV (New Orleans)
"And as many people know, it's very difficult to find a match, even in one's own family. Only 30 percent of the people who need a bone marrow transplant can find someone in their family. They have to go to the national marrow registry, which is really an international registry for bone marrow recipients. But, I was a match for my sister and my sister is doing well today.”.

She is grateful to the doctors and scientists that have contributed to the breakthrough research that has helped people like her sister. Yet, as a woman of deep faith, she also holds high praises to the work that comes from above. 

Anchor WWL-TV (New Orleans)
"Whether they are working directly with the patients or whether they are working in a laboratory. They are making a difference in the lives of people and than also on this Holy ground because I do believe that God gives all power and I believe that he is the essence of everything. So, it's just science and faith coming together. It's just overwhelming.” 

This event held by the Stem for Life Foundation, STOQ and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture aims to continue their voices of unity by exploring new frontiers in the advancement of new technologies by medical solutions to serious illnesses.