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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 to address again first genocide of the 20th century


Six hundred thousand were massacred, 400,000 died during deportation and more than 200,000 were forced to abandon their religion and convert is Islam. These are the numbers from the first genocide of the 20th Century, the Armenian genocide, in April 1915, which is represented by the red circles on this map.

During his visit to Armenia from June 24-26, Pope Francis will address this tragedy, just as he did last year in commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the horrific happenings.

April 12, 2015
"In the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered 'the first genocide of the twentieth century,' struck your own Armenian people, the first Christian nation, as well as Catholic and Orthodox Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Greeks.”

The Pope will spend time at The Armenian Genocide Museum, which recognizes the lives of all those who fled and were killed by the Turks. 

Turkey refuses to acknowledge this as a genocide, arguing this was not a planned attack, but many, including the researcher for the Armenian Genocide Vatican Archives, think otherwise. 

Expert on Armenian Genocide
"The genocide was planned, a genocide is always planned, and it was planned by those who were in charge of the government, who were at power in the government in Constantinople during the first World War.”

Fr. Georges has spent the last eight years studying and collecting every Vatican document about this subject matter. He says that during this period, it was only the Vatican, with Benedict XV as pope, who voiced its opinion and denounced the genocide with two official protest letters to the Ottoman sultan. He adds that Pope Benedict XV was the only religious leader and head of state to officially object to the actions taking place in the Middle East. 

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"No other Christian nation, and I repeat, no other Christian nation has felt in it's own flesh, what it means. What is the burden of being almost annihilated for the sake of their faith. No other Christian nation has lived that in it's own flesh.” 

This suffering that was a genocide 100 years ago is still continuing today. A steady process of exterminating those who do not share the same faith or the same beliefs is seizing the world and must be stopped. Pope Francis will certainly have similar remarks later this month, in Armenia.