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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:

Family adopts child with Down syndrome and he recieves Pope's blessing


This child is called Juan Pablo, or John Paul, just like Karol Wojtyla. He is two and a half and is the pride and joy of this family from Barcelona, Spain.

He has Down syndrome and lived in an orphanage until his new parents, Pili and Toni adopted him. It was just a few weeks ago when they received the official confirmation of his adoption. To celebrate, they traveled to Rome. When the Pope saw him, the small child was lifted to his Popemobile. 

"For us it was like the end of the adoption process, with the sanctification by the Holy Father of the adoption of our child. We have celebrated here and it has been a very special day.”

"We asked the rest of our children, who are 16, 14 and 12, and it only took them two minutes to say yes. We told them they should not think like he has Down syndrome, that did not matter and nothing was wrong. They will have to be responsible when we will be old. They said yes, they totally agree. And they are all very happy now.”

This family did not come to Rome alone. They were accompanied by their friends Felipe and Cynthia, as well as their four-year-old son, Bruno. They knew the story of Juan Pablo and suggested to their friends to adopt him.

"When we suggested it, they immediately responded and said, 'Well, we're going to think, meditate...' and, yes, they were cheerful and the truth is that it is a fantastic experience."

"They are endearing children and they become the protagonists and the kings of all families. Ours, you see, doesn't stop. He is filled with pure joy and pure goodness."

And so look how Juan Pablo and Bruno love each other. Their joy has infected the two families, and they will carry back to Spain the lasting memory of the Pope blessing their two dearest children.

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