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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.”

YouTuber on meeting the Pope: We learned how much influence we have as content creators


Before the closing of the sixth Scholas World Congress in the Vatican, the Pope held a private meeting with 12 YouTubers from all over the globe and gave some rather off-the-cuff responses to their questions. 

The Pope's main goal is to help these influential social media wizards to utilize their influence on the Internet to promote diversity and peace on a global level.

YouTuber, The Game Theorists
"To see the kind of reach it has and how many countries it's reaching and how many children from completely different social, economic and religious backgrounds coming together in a place of just understanding and welcoming was wonderful.” 

These YouTubers, who also happen to be part of the rapidly growing Millennial generation that participated are from ten countries and, together, totaling more than 27 million subscribers worldwide.

YouTuber, The Game Theorists
"We learned how much influence that "we” as content creators can really have on our fan bases. FLASH One video is reaching one to three million ears every single day.” 

We caught up with Matthew Patrick and his wife Stephanie Patrick. They are from the United States and were among the 12 present at the meeting. They both run the Game Theorists' channel. Their goal is to educate their viewers with science, math and history and relation to video games and movies. Their YouTube channel is home to a whopping 9.5 million subscribers and counting.

During their conversation with the Pope, the YouTubers showed interest in the Pope's initiative by serving as positive role models to others on a diverse platform like YouTube. 

YouTuber, The Game Theorists
"By talking with Scholas, by talking with Pope Francis about sharing personal stories and having an open and honest dialogue with large numbers of people and learning about their experiences and learning about their way of life. You're able to conquer so many misunderstandings in the world, and so much hatred just based off of not being aware of how a different culture lives.”

Scholas Occurrentes is an organization founded in 2013 by the Pope to promote education and peace. The meeting proved to be a success as special interest issues and topics regarding immigrant rights, gender equality, freedom of expression and greater respect for diversity were all discussed. Each YouTuber will share some parts of their conversation with the Pope on their channels.