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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.”

Hebe de Bonafini after her meeting with Pope Francis: I asked him for pardon


Hebe de Bonafini, the leader of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, met with the Pope on Friday in Santa Marta. A meeting that lasted over an hour.  She is almost 88- years-old and in the past has strongly criticized Cardinal Bergoglio. After the meeting, she said that she was finally able to ask him for pardon

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"When Bergoglio became Pope Francis, he grew even more. Now, I have expressed my apologies to him because I was wrong. I thought the same of Nestor. That they are not what they seemed. However, one has to admit, when you are wrong and that is what mothers do.”

The group is dedicated to demanding justice for the displaced and disappeared during Argentina’s military regime in the 1970s, while enduring many years under a dictatorship.  However, Hebe de Bonafini told reporters about what her conversation with Pope Francis was about: Argentina's current situation.

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"We held each other a long time. And I sat back down and he set next to me. And then I said he has a very difficult mission. That our country needed his word. That in five months the government destroyed what we did in 12 years. FLASH. I said that we need him. We want him to come. His words could be very important. I said: Pope Francis you stopped a NATO bombing. The situation in Argentina is a bit easier. I hope he is able to  stop it.”

Hebe de Bonafini gave the Pope the legendary white scarf and a medallion of the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus in her arms. For her, it represents the children who were taken from their mothers during the many years under the thumb of a dictatorship.

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