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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.

Tällberg Foundation will select two modern-day leaders making positive societal change


With more than thirty years under its belt, the Tällberg Foundation is a non-profit educational organization with offices in New York and Stockholm, Sweden. Last year, the jury awarded two prize winners: Jamila Afghani and Martín von Hildebrand for the work they are doing to improve the world around them. 
CEO of NECDO in Afghanistan
"I was completing my Master's classes in Pakistan when I heard that in a day 26 women and children died due to anger and hate. And that was the time we thought about what can we do for our people in such a difficult condition? Me with a group of other friends, we started campaigning, collecting clothes, medicine, food for those people who were living in the camps without a tent.”

Jamila is a women's rights activist from Afghanistan. She is the founder of Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO). 

Founder, Fundacion Gaia Amazonas
"And I suddenly was struck that in the middle of the forest miles and miles away from everything. I had gotten completely away from the West. Here was the West exploiting these people and that really shocked me.”

Martín is an anthropologist and environmentalist who has led the efforts to secure indigenous territorial rights and the protection of the Colombian Amazon forest. 

Currently, the foundation is looking for two new leaders that can demonstrate the kind of leadership demanded by the challenges of modern-day society.

CEO of NECDO in Afghanistan
"When you work with a group of influential people..that is just like a drop of ink on a paper, then it will be spread out. FLASH We have learned that one drop is properly dropped down so it will expand.”

The Tällberg Foundation is open to men and women from all walks of life, religion and career paths to take part in discussion panels and promote their work on a global scale. The goal is simple: to seek better ways in which to correct social, political and ethical injustices. 

Founder, Fundacion Gaia Amazonas
"You have different types of leaders. You have intellectual leaders, you have administrative leaders, you have the ritual leader, you have the one that has a vision. And they are all the same and each one needs the other leader.”

Anyone from any country is eligible: artists, educators, politicians, scientists, and religious and military figures. The nomination process for 2016 will be open until June 10th. The prize ceremony is expected to take place in Amsterdam between November 15-17, 2016. The winners will also receive a $50,000 reward. 

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