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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.

Tennessee musician enters seminary and will play at World Youth Day


In search of an epic adventure for his life, Brother John Klein never would have thought his love for God and music would combine to succeed all of his expectations, including playing his songs for young people at World Youth Day for the second time. 
It was when he abandoned his desire for fame he explained that his interior life transformed. He entered seminary with the Legionaries of Christ and started writing music to spread the Chrisitian message.

Seminarian, Legionaries of Christ
"It was that desire that you know I want this adventure where I can go and I can play music. So it seemed, I started to see the superficiality of the music industry and it led me to desire something greater. An adventure that I guess wasn't so self-centered and that led me to pray and to go to God, praying, 'Lord, what am I supposed to do with my life?

By asking this question, he got his answer, even though it might not have been a part of the original plan he had for his life. This plan involved mission, sharing the Gospel and most importantly, utilizing his love for music. 

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"I always thought, okay, entering seminary I'm going to go hang the guitar and put it in the closet and I'll never see it again. That's okay because I've been trying for so long to play the guitar for my own glory, for attention for me, but now I'm gonna leave that behind because my life is going to be for Christ.

He explained this is not what happened, but instead his passion for music came to fruition, because he put it at the disposal and service of others. He said that God has given each person gifts in the context of a "special mission” prepared for them.

While Brother John felt his life would be stripped by entering seminary, he found the exact opposite to be true, saying there is no need to ever fear. 

Seminarian, Legionaries of Christ
"One of my favorite quotes of Pope Benedict is the very first day when he was elected. He said, 'Do not be afraid. Christ gives you everything and takes nothing away.' And so when Christ comes into your life, if you love music, well then by having Christ come into your life that joy that you have, that love for music, God's not going to take that away from you, but He's going to give it to you in a more full way.

A perfect example of this is his agreement to play his music at World Youth Day this July in Krakow. He will help kickoff the event when he plays on the 27th from 2-3pm in Marii Magdaleny Square. 

He is still completing his setlist for the concert, but is convinced it will be one for the charts and is hoping the music encourages the listeners to come alive, truly alive.