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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:

Vatican produces special stamps for Jubilee and World Youth Day


The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office has more work this year due to the Jubilee of Mercy and World Youth Day. Therefore, as a tradition, a special edition of stamps commemorating each event has been produced.

These are some of the seven stamps for 95 cents that the Vatican is launching for the Holy Year. They represent give drink to the thirsty, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and give shelter to the pilgrims. The special stamps are now available. 

The series of stamps began with the opening of the Holy Door and will end in the coming months with these three other corporal works of mercy: visiting the imprisoned, visiting the sick and burying the dead.

Director, Vatican Philatelic Office
"There is a common theme throughout the stamps, the works of mercy, because it is the Holy Year of Mercy. Each stamp is designed by a different artist, so that each brings a personal interpretation to the stamps."

The Vatican and Poland have made another style of different stamps for the next World Youth Day in Krakow. They are designed by artist Monika Rybczynska. Each costs one euro and shows some young children receiving the blessing of Pope Francis.

Director, Vatican Philatelic Office
"We are very happy because they are very nice from the point of view of the image and the realization, because these stamps are made by an incision on the metal, a very beautiful and elegant philatelic impression."

New technologies have marginalized the traditional way of postal communication.

Very few people send letters with a stamp of the Vatican because they can send a photo of the Basilica of Saint Peter on their mobile phone. Philately still has a practical value, although the main consumers are collectors.

Director, Vatican Philatelic Office
"There is no generational change, when collectors are old and they stop collecting,  it is difficult to continue the collection because there may not be a child or grandchild who wants to inherit the collection. Therefore there is a general decline of philately, not only in the Vatican. In fact, the Vatican over the years have managed to cope with the fall by diversifying supply, working, creating pleasant objects and offering them to the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square."

There are 280,000 sets of stamps for World Youth Day and 150,000 for the Jubilee. The Vatican also produces regular stamps for the Pope and the Vatican and postcards. They produce them in classic styles designed by hand or by modern computers.

The stamps are more than a useful object for correspondence, but are a tangible reminder of special events.