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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.

Pope Francis asks for support on a new campaign from the Aid to the Church in Need


"Men and women need God's mercy but we also need our own mercy."

Once again, the Pope has asked the world to show humanity with actions. In this case, he has done so with this video to support the campaign launched by Aid to the Church Need. The Papal Foundation is raising funds to support humanitarian projects in places like the city of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan.

There, the Pope has already sent a donation of  $150,000 to support a hospital that provides free medical care to more than 2,800 Christian and Muslim refugees.

In order to launch the campaign, Pope Francis met with officials from the foundation that promoted Pius XII in the late 1940s so that persecuted Christians could continue to received the spiritual and financial support of the Church.

President, Aid to the Church in Need
"The meeting with the Holy Father was very nice. We have meet a Pope who is very interested in what we intend to do and we are glad to see the harmony between what he feels and we try to do.”

From Rome, those responsible for the foundation want the voices of these people to be heard firsthand, as they continue to be threatened because of their religion.

Bishop Sebastian Francis Shaw from Pakistan is in charge of the diocese where in March a suicide bomber claimed the lives of more than 70 Christians who were celebrating Easter. Thirty of them were children.

Bishop of Lahore (Pakistan)
"It was very difficult to console the people in those circumstances, to be merciful. When I went to the hospital the doctor, who was a Muslim, he thought that only came for Christians. He asked if I had a list of people wanted to see. I said, I have no list. Victims are victims, whether Christian or Muslim. All are human beings and Christ encouraged us to reach out to everyone.”

Priest, Iraqi Kurdistan
"The Pope always speaks of mercy but not just with words, he shows it with his actions. He has donated $150,000 to to everyone, not just Christians in Iraq.”

The Aid to the Church in Need is located in 22 countries and promotes about 6,000 humanitarian projects worldwide. It establishes social projects not only for Christians but to anyone in need of help.

"And do not be afraid of mercy. Mercy is the touch of God.”

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