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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.”

She escaped sexual exploitation and is now working to help other victims


It has been four years since Madai Morales was taken from her home in Veracruz, Mexico. Today, she and her mentor, Human Rights Activist Rosi Orozco are attending the Summit of judges on human trafficking and organized crime that takes place at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican. 

Former Victim, Activist
"There is mention of the level of distrust among the victims towards an authority figure. This level of distrust is instilled because many times these people of authority are my clients. So, how can I have faith or trust an authority figure? Especially if they are buying my body.”

Unfortunately, Madai's story is not dissimilar to other victims of sex trafficking. Her captor was charming, nice and seemed to have strong family values. But that all changed when he took her to live with him in Mexico City. There she endured beatings, assaults and harassment. She was forced to go into prostitution by the very man she thought cared for her.  

Former Victim, Activist
"Rosi has empowered us so much that the reality is that very few organizations do this, which is empower the victim. Give the victim everything back that has been taken from them.”

The year 2012 proved to be a symbolic one for Madai. That was the year she escaped from her bleak reality and crossed paths with Rosi Orozco. Rosi is the President of the Commission United Against Human Trafficking. She was the driving force in overcoming strong resistance and winning passage of 2012 law to combat human trafficking throughout Mexico.

Human Rights Activist
"The reality is that it was a wonderful job from all parties together and that is why this law is so strong. So today we have more sentences than all countries after the United States.”

Today, four years later, Madai Molares sees Rosi as not just a mentor, but as a colleague that stands besides her in the fight against Human Trafficking. Molares is going to graduated from law school this December, as she hopes to use her skills in law as a tool to help, empower and encourage women going through what she went through. She is currently working for Mexico City's Supreme Court and will soon be featured as one of Forbes Magazine's most influential woman.