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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:

Scientists and religious representatives discuss the keys of Laudato si'


They are scientists and religious leaders from 15 countries and eight denominations. The International Seminar on Science and Religions for the conservation of the environment united them all at the Shrine of Torreciudad in Spain. There, they launched an ambitious Declaration on the Protection of the Environment.

The seminar revolved around Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato si', a year after its publication. They tried to find solutions to challenges such as climate change, an issue that concerns everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs.

Director, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
"I think it's a really important occasion to get together scientists and people from religious traditions. I think it's really important, when we're talking about environmental issues, that we know what the science is saying.

President, C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation
"This place, the shrine of Torreciudad, is so beautiful. I mean, this is what God wanted. And the big cities is what we got, what we gave Him, so I think it's perfect. The venue is perfect. The atmosphere, the ambiance is really perfect. I really feel that I am a part of the environment over here.

Pope Francis sent a message to the participants in which he expressed his desire that the meeting would serve to "promote joint efforts and a sense of solidarity."

President, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
"We must act together, so we can defend human dignity and uphold the dignity of the Earth, as well as environmental justice and human justice."

"I think Laudato si' was received well by a lot of Jews. I think a number of Jews read it, including myself, and I was particularly impressed by Pope Francis's discussion of the verses in Genesis, about dominating and conquering the Earth, and of how we need to understand those verses in terms of an ethic of stewardship, of how Genesis 2:15 says that God placed the human being in the Garden of Eden to serve it. And that therefore teaches that we have to be stewards of Creation.

The scientists presented their graphs and statistics on climate change to show the seriousness of the issue.

In addition to signing a declaration, they planted an olive tree at the Shrine of Torreciudad as a symbol of the commitment by the various religious traditions and scientific community in environmental conservation. It is a commitment that promises to take root and bear good fruit.