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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:

“Footprints” movie explains how the Camino de Santiago changes your life


This is the provocative invitation that led a group of pilgrims from Arizona to walk the Camino de Santiago and at the same time appear in the documentary "Footprints: el camino de tu vida.

"We are looking for people who are willing to walk 550 miles throughout the course of 40 days. No guarantees are offered to get to this destination, but days of intense suffering are promised, cold and heat in equal proportions. Muscle strains and blisters are more than likely as well as discouragement invited to abort the plan. There will be little sleep, some nights will be spent on the hard ground or inside a sack under the rain.

Eleven brave people with different backgrounds and personal stories agreed to the project without hesitation. Like all roads, eventually this one also came to an end, as they traveled from Santiago to Rome and discussed their journey while in the Eternal City.

"It was a great experience, there is so much that you get out of a pilgrimage and I'm just blessed to have the opportunity”.

The route is not easy and it was something that they already knew. There were times when both physical and spiritual exhaustion had the best of them. This Spanish priest, who now works in Arizona, accompanied them as a means to ease their situation.

"We have the psychological age of the pain we have been able to overcome and I think also the pilgrimage can teach us in the future too. To not be defeated by hard times but to overcome them. How do we overcome things? With hope, with hope...

"Footprints” is the latest project of Juan Manuel Cotelo, director of "La última cima” and "Mary's Land.” With this new film, he wants to show how the Camino de Santiago transforms the lives of the pilgrims who dare to undertake it.

Director, Footprints
"People get the opportunity to walk the Camino de Santiago in order to learn how to walk in life. It's like a study on life. When walking through different villages to get to Santiago, you will not just remember the  photos or postcards or things you've eaten. But you'll gain some very strong lessons for your everyday life and that's mysterious, but it happens.

This documentary will soon be streaming on Netflix. From start to finish, the film immerses the viewer with an action-adventure. The whole movie was shoot without a script and left everything to improvisation. Anything could go right or wrong, however the director was confident that the pilgrims journey would provide a plenitude of stories to tell at the end of their experience. 

The protagonists traveled over 500 miles in 40 days, in one of the most popular pilgrimages traveled by more than 200,000 visitors a year.