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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:

Doctors with Africa: Please help South Sudan. They need almost everything


The number of victims is not known. For months there has not been an official list of those killed during this war.

This is the drama that plagues South Sudan. The youngest country in the world was born amidst hopes, but soon became labeled with internal violence.

The people try to get ahead despite relying almost entirely on foreign aid. They are providing aid through organizations such as "Doctors with Africa CUAMM.”

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"We need funds for nutrition programs to provide food supplements to the malnourished or those who have had to leave their homes. There is war and there are few fields destroyed. The needs are immense."

The UN does not knows how many victims are leaving the war between the faction of President Salva Kiir, the Dinka, and former Vice President Riek Machar, from the Nuer.

Dyes and ethnic power struggles of these former warlords are creating a population that has lived in war since 1955. First, when it was just Sudan, and now as an independent country. During this time, almost two and a half million people have lost their homes.

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"The area in which we operate has about 150,000 inhabitants, but we help much more than that because people come from five districts. It is difficult to give exact figures because the population keeps moving mainly due to insecurity. They reach a district, then leave or return to the previous. We have three hospitals and each welcomes patients from several areas.”

These doctors work where healthcare is a privilege for only a few. For more than 65 years they have been in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Angola, South Sudan and Sierra Leone.

The Pope became aware of the delicate situation in South Sudan from these doctors firsthand, when he had a special meeting with them.

"You have chosen Africa’s poorest countries, the sub-Saharan, and the most forgotten areas, "the last mile” of healthcare systems. They are the geographic peripheries to which the Lord sends you to be Good Samaritans, to go out to meet the poor Lazarus, passing through the "door” that leads from the first to the third world. This is your "holy door!”

About five million people, half the population of South Sudan, is threatened by hunger. A war and economic collapse of the country explain the high food prices and poor harvests this year. Once again, misfortune preys on the weakest.

Only aid workers, like Doctors with Africa CUAMM, go where the world has long turned its back on millions of people.

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