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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.

Potential Catholic-convert after attending pope's General Audience


The number of miles and hours traveled seem to become shorter when the goal is to see the pope. At least this group of pilgrims from India and the UAE thought this during their trip to Rome. Early Wednesday morning, these pilgrims were at the Paul VI Audience Hall for the General Audience. Their wait was worth it, because in the end they were personally greeted by Pope Francis.

Pilgrim United Arab Emirates
"It was really fantastic. The pope is like a father and we felt that he just came and hugged us just like and we could just shake hands and you know, we felt that we have lived so much. We are so happy, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We just came to see the pope and the pope was a really wonderful experience. All of us, we really loved it.” 

Diocese of Udipi, India
"Some of us could touch him, shake hands with him. But he really has a lot of happiness and peace and this is what is required for the world  now.” 

For some, it was not the first time they saw the pope, like Fr. Denis who is accompanying them on their pilgrimage. The priest has his own theory about why Pope Francis is able to attract so many people.

Diocese of Udipi, India
"This is my fourth time but this pope, like St. Francis of Assisi, really has a lot of happiness, and a lot of peace around. We can see that energy coming out of him so that’s why he attracts a number of people.

Among the group of 57 was a pilgrim who was not Catholic. After much preparation for the day, seeing the pope was so impressive that it left her speechless. So much so that she needed her friend to speak for her.

Pilgrims Abu Dabi and Dubai
"She wants to go and say to everyone that the Catholic Church is the base and we should return back to Catholic Church. That’s what she was saying...

"Today I touched the Pope.

"She was preparing a lot for this audience.

They will travel for 17 days through major cities and countries of Europe. The next stops on their journey are Switzerland, Paris, Lourdes and Fatima. Their adventure continues; however, it will be hard to beat this unforgettable experience with Pope Francis.