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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:

Most important biblical contest in Europe presented at the Vatican


Bringing Sacred Scripture to children is not only limited to the Mass, catechesis and classes. They can also learn more about the Bible by competing.

The Christian Federation of Catalonia in eastern Spain had this thought more than 30 years ago. Since then, more than 1,200,000 children and adolescents have participated in a Bible competition to learn about the book on which Christianity is based.

Bishop of Tarrasa (Spain)
"It was born in 1986, and that year 380 papers were presented. We celebrated 30 years of competing in 2015 and in that same year 69,850 papers were presented. That is we moved from only 300 in the first year to almost 70,000, and we think we will surpass that number too. There are many elementary schools and high schools which are not yet involved, and many parishes that do not participate.”

Younger children compete in drawing and basic questionnaire categories, while teens can participate in written and computer categories, reflecting on a particular passages of the Bible.

The contest is widespread throughout this region, with 25 percent of public and private schools participating and the 10 dioceses of Catalonia supporting.

President, Christian Federation of Catalonia
"It is a successful experience because during the current times there is a need to strengthen the virtues, to strengthen the knowledge of our art. It's not possible to understand our art in Spain, Catalonia or even Europe without biblical knowledge, nor can you know the culture of the country."

An exhibition in Rome commemorates the 30 year anniversary of the competition. It's a celebration that had its greatest moment when the Federation gave the Pope a book that reviews the experiences of the competition in the past 30 years.

In the midst of some parts of Catalonia wanting their independence from Spain, the Christian Federation has also come to Rome to give Pope Francis a book containing the magisterium of the Popes Pius XI to Benedict XVI on the concepts of nation and nationalism.