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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:
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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.

Two years of Daesh in Mosul and Nineveh: Land evangelized by apostle Thomas, now without Christians


In the summer of 2014, hell once again broke loose in Iraq. Unfortunately, the situation has hardly changed and Daesh continues to occupy much of the Iraqi territory, assassinating and abducting hundreds of people in its path. Just a few days ago, several internally displaced people were killed and more than 3,000 in the north of the country were abducted.

Two years ago, thousands of Christians and Yazidis escaped the city of Mosul and the Nineveh Plains, to avoid converting to Islam or paying a tax. However, the alternative to these options was death. Therefore, some 120,000 people had to flee to Iraqi Kurdistan in the north in the span of a few hours.

They have not returned home because the Iraqi authorities have not been able to expel the radicals. However, the Iraqi army has managed to free cities such as Ramadi and Fallujah. During the offensive, the more than 80,000 people who had to escape this city now live in refugee camps in temperatures up to 122°F. This father explains how his small daughter died in this field by a scorpion sting.

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"I have nightmares, many nightmares. I have this medicine in my pocket. I went to get this medicine. They gave me a sedative because the doctor prescribed it. I told them I don’t sleep at night. My daughter died in my arms and I cry all day. At night I have nightmares."

While they are freeing these cities, the army has also found more than 50 mass graves containing dozens of bodies.

The UN, the U.S. Congress and the United Kingdom have already qualified what is happening with religious minorities in Iraq a "genocide." 

But it is not over yet. There are 3,200 Yazidis women still enslaved by terrorists who sell and buy them as if they were merchandise. This is proven by documents like this in which shows a womens price list from one year old up to 50 years old. Also in this cell phone video of one of the members of Daesh, where he boasts of the number of Yazidis women they have purchased.

They are not only destroying thousands of lives, but also ruining an invaluable historical and cultural heritage. They have destroyed churches and unique monuments, dating back to the deep Christian roots of Iraq, the land evangelized by Thomas the apostle in the first century after Christ.