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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:

Pope Francis' best messages to the youth


"I hope there will be noise. Here there will be noise, I’m quite sure. Here in Rio there will be plenty of noise, no doubt about that. But I want you to make yourselves heard in your dioceses, I want the noise to go out, I want the Church to go out onto the streets.”

There is a special connection between Pope Francis and the youth. Since his first meeting with them in Brazil, it was clear that the Argentine Pope inspires a special energy in young people.

"Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup. Something bigger than the World Cup."

The secret of that connection is difficult to explain, but it could be because Pope Francis encourages them to be brave in life.

"Take a risk. He who does not dare, does not walk."

He challenged them to be courageous and not flee in the face of difficulties, even in war-torn countries like the Central African Republic.

"Fleeing the challenges of life is never a solution. It is necessary to have the courage to resist.”

Or perhaps the secret of the connection is that he always leads by example. On his trip to the Central African Republic he showed the young people how to be daring and bold. He had been strongly discouraged by the French government to follow through with the trip, due to the real danger of an attack, but continued anyway.

However, it should also be noted that one characteristic that attracts the youth to Pope Francis is that he always voices his opinion, as he demonstrated in Morelia, Mexico, an area notorious for drug trafficking.

"It's a lie that the only way of living or being young is by leaving life in the hands of drug traffickers or those that all they are doing is sowing destruction and death. It's a boldface lie.”

Pope Francis instills a new spirit in the youth, but also demands more of them. When presented with the plight of street children in the Philippines, he invited them to reflect on what produces pain: if it's the effects of so many human beings who are abandoned or simply living by personal, selfish whims.

"I invite each one of you to ask yourselves: 'Have I learned how to weep, how to cry? Have I learned how to weep for somebody who is left aside? Have I learned to weep for someone who has a drug problem?  Have I learned how to weep for someone who has suffered abuse?”

This example, including his many other similar messages and gestures, prove that it will be difficult for the Pope to disappoint the hundreds of thousands of young people who will participate in the next World Youth Day.

"I have confidence in you and I pray for you.  Have the courage to ‘swim against the tide."

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