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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.

Superior of Missionaries of Charity: Mother Teresa only lived to comfort Christ


This is Mother Teresa's current successor as head of the Missionaries of Charity, Sr. Mary Prema. She has been the Superior General of the order since 2009, taking the place of Sr. Nirmala Joshi. In 1980, her life changed forever after reading a book about the life of Mother Teresa.

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"The day I entered in the society, she was in Essen waiting for us. Two of us were joining and our mothers also accompanied us, so she took time to be with our mothers and said, 'Thank you for giving your daughters to Jesus.'”

She remembered that Mother Teresa, with her enormous energy and vitality, prepared their new rooms, like any mother would. She says many other moments with Mother now stay with her as unforgettable memories and lessons.

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"I spoke one failure to Mother which I had committed and Mother looked at me and said, 'How much it pains mother's heart. But how much more it must pain the heart of Jesus.' I realized how united Mother was in her feeling, in her thinking. All was concentrating on Jesus. For Mother, it was 'what does Jesus feel?' not 'what Mother feels or what I feel,' but 'what does Jesus feel?' And all her life was to make Jesus happy; to console Him in His pain.”

Now, it is only a short time until Mother Teresa is proclaimed a saint. Her smile and ordinary actions with extraordinary love are some of her most simple, but profound messages. As such, her legacy leads to admiration between believers and nonbelievers alike.

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"I think it is because of her littleness, because of her direct contact and approach to people with a smile. And the acceptance without condition of everyone - poor, rich, from any part of the world - brought people to the awareness that God is a father, also for me, and there is hope for me to turn my life into something beautiful.”

As Sr. Mary Prema recounts, Mother Teresa'swork and Calcutta have changed the lives of thousands of people, especially the youth.

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"I can see the young people who are coming to volunteer in Calcuta and they come with the great desire to do something and change Calcutta. After some time they realize that they are changing. Calcutta is changing their attitude and they are more self-aware of self-defense and this makes them closer to God and to the poor.”

In the 19 years since the death of Mother Teresa, her work has multiplied in number and intensity. In 1997, the congregation was present in 120 countries; today they are in 139. There are also more houses around the world, totaling 758. The number of religious has also grown. There are 53 more religious men to total 416, and there are now a total of 5,161 sisters, 1,200 more than in 1997.

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