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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.

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.

The Roman keyhole with the viewpoint of three different sovereign states


Do you know what all these people are lining up for?And why they are taking pictures in front of a door?

The answer is in this small keyhole. Look how unique it is, with the dome of St. Peter's as the center focus behind these gardens.

This is the Villa of the Grand Priory perched on the Roman Aventine Hill and it has belonged to the Order of Malta for over 700 years.

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"It is a continued tourist attraction because there are three sovereign states seen from the hole: the Order of Malta, owner of the Villa; the Italian State, and the dome of St. Peter's with the Vatican as the background. It is quite interesting this does not happen in other countries."

The Italian garden has low hedges made of boxwood, but not only that, also included is the Villa Magistral, headquarters of the Embassy of the Order of Malta to Italy, and the Chapter Room, where the grand masters are chosen from the Order, in a style somewhat reminiscent to the Vatican conclaves.

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta was born more than nine centuries ago during the Crusades. It is based in Rome and is recognized as a subject of international law. Today its charitable work is essential and it's currently helping out with the refugee crisis.

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"Over the past 900 years, the Order of Malta has conducted humanitarian assistance activities. Now it engages in projects of a medical-social nature in 120 countries and has diplomatic relations with 106 countries, including the United Nations and the European Union.”

The lengthy history of the Order can be seen in its church, dedicated to St. Mary of the Aventine. These flags belonged to the knights of the fifteenth century and represent the ancient kingdoms at the time.

The church, as it's seen today, is newer, dating back to the eighteenth century. It was built in the homogeneous and particular style of architect Giambattista Piranesi, who left his greatest work here: the redesign of the entire complex and the square.

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"This church has existed for many centuries, but by the order of Cardinal Rezzonico, the nephew of Pope Clement XIII, Piranesi built the facade from scratch and redid the interior with his particular stucco style.”

It is a style that is reflected in the altar, which was recently restored to clean up the mess that accumulated over the years. It represents the elevation of Saint Basil, one of the protectors of the Order, rising to heaven on a sphere representing the Earth. At his feet lies the crypt which houses the tombs of the last two Grand Masters.

It is a privileged place where one can contemplate the Eternal City and maintain the prestige of an institution that remains alive and active despite the passing of centuries.

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