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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.

The key points for unveiling ideological colonization, a concept the Pope denounces


The first time Pope Francis denounced the "ideological colonization" was in the Philippines in January 2015.

"Ideological colonization exists.”

Later, during the return flight to Rome, he explained that it is to impose on the peoples' ideologies that which is alien to their principles.

January 19, 2015
"Why do I say 'ideological colonization?' Because they take, they actually take the need of a people to seize an opportunity to enter and grow strong (through school textbooks) for the children. But this is nothing new. The same thing was done by the dictatorships of the last century. They entered with their own doctrine. Think of the Balilla, think of the Hitler Youth...” 

There he recalled that during the last Synod, African Bishops denounced the "ideological colonization" of their continent. They said some international organizations establish aid in exchange for changes in legislation regarding the control of the population or marriage between homosexuals.

Archbishop of Durban (South Africa)
"Well, what we are talking about is when countries are told 'unless you pass certain legislation, you are not going to get the aid from the government or the agencies that give aid, if you don't have certain legislation on your books.' I think this was said explicitly in Kenya by President Obama.”

In Rome, the Pope also criticized other manifestations of ideological colonization as euthanasia or abortion.

"The dominant thought sometimes proposes a  'false compassion.' It promotes abortion as a way to help the woman.”

However, his biggest complaint was in Mexico. There he criticized particularly hard ideologies that attack the family.

March 15, 2016 (Mexico)
"Today we see how on different fronts the family is weakened and questioned. It is regarded as a model which has done its time.” (B ROLL) "And we end up being ideological colonies that then have a destructive effect on families, the family cell, which is the basis of every healthy society.”

He also warned of such attacks during his acclaimed speech at the UN before dozens of heads of state. There he said that if it is not recognized or a common ethic, defending the ideal of a world without wars is a mirage.

September 25, 2015
"Or, even worse, idle chatter which serves as a cover for all kinds of abuse and corruption, or for carrying out an ideological colonization by the imposition of anomalous models and lifestyles which are alien to people’s identity and, in the end, irresponsible.”

If one of the key points of the pontificate of Francis is the family, the ideological colonization is one of its main enemies. That explains why he spent so many catechesis teachings and a whole synod to meet the challenges of action and share experiences to help strengthen families.

To Pope Francis, family is the most basic pillar supporting a society. Its members can find their first hospital and first school in this common area where they learn to sacrifice for others and to live together.

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