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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.”
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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:

The Brilliance: an eclectic band from the U.S. hopes to break down barriers through music


"The Brilliance” is an American worship band led by David Gungor and John Arndt, which includes a variety of musicians such as cellists, violinist, pianist and drummers.

The modern worship band crafts poetic music that gives listeners the opportunity to fully embrace the beauty that lies in every lyric and sound. The Brilliance creates music that crosses genres, ranging from classical to synth sounds and have been compared to groups like Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire. Their wide range of musical tones are possible due to their variety of instruments, creating a sensational orchestral sound.

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"That's the thing about art, that we hope within our own music. It lets people be curious and dive into questions of why and how we view the world and how we view people and not writing people off, but how we show love to them.”

The Brilliance draws inspiration from prayers, reflections, the Bible, as well as current events. The diverse range of symphonic sound and poetic lyrics paint a beautiful picture of their personal-led inspirations. 

Their latest studio album "Brother” hopes to inspire and stir the hearts of many people. They hope to share their artful music, so that all people can appreciate the beauty of Christianity. The album is based on their lyrics, "When I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother," hoping to inspire love and reconciliation.

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"You hear a song like Brother, I feel like I can show my brother-in-law, who's a Buddhist, and I can show him brother and he totally gets it. It says, "when I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother,” and there's a truth in that, that goes beyond just the barriers or walls within my own tradition, which would be Christianity.”

Their music breaks down the barriers of culture, ethnicity and even religion. It allows the band to share their faith in a reflective and artistic way so that believers and non-believers can dive deeper into the resulting curiosity. The mixing of musical genres and powerful lyrics challenges the listener to be aware and interested in the deeper message hidden amongst the chords.