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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.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.

Caritas: Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is one of the most terrible in the world


Caritas Internationalis says that the humanitarian situation in South Sudan is one of the worst on the planet right now.

Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis
"It is a forgotten war. We've got difficulties in raising funds to the level necessary to come to support...and I think the whole humanitarian community is confronted to this issue. So there are people dying of hunger in South Sudan today, so this is not acceptable. We have to work on this.”

It is such a forgotten war that there aren't reliable statements about the number of victims or displaced people. An estimated 2,300,000 people have fled their homes; more than 6 million, half of its population, need emergency food aid, and some 15,000 child soldiers have been recruited.

Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis
"So the whole country is at war and destroyed. There was not much before but now it's even worse. So it's really a terrible situation, one of the worst that can exist in the world today.” 

Since 2013, Southern Sudan has been immersed in a brutal civil war between supporters of President Salva Kiir, the Dinka, and his opponent and former vice president, Riek Machar, from the Nuer ethnic group. For political, ethnic and foreign reasons, the youngest country in the world is bleeding to death. Meanwhile, its northern neighbor has never looked favorably on the independence of this part of the Sudanese.

Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis
"So there is a responsibility not only among the people in South Sudan, but also of North Sudan.”

According to the UN, 6 out of 10 people have lost a family member in a war in which inhumane crimes were committed. A recent report documented mass rapes of women and girls as payment for the rebels and government soldiers. It also documented burning people alive, asphyxiating groups in containers and mass executions in death camps.

Some sources speak of 300,000 deaths, almost as many as five years of war in Syria. For analysts, the absence of reliable figures gives immunity to these crimes and guarantees they will continue to occur.

Several humanitarian organizations have withdrawn their troops from the area. Caritas South Sudan, however, with their limited funds, continues assisting a population whose misfortune never be cover in the papers.

MG / Unifeed