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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.

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.

Man miraculously healed with Mother Teresa's intercession makes first Vatican appearance


This is the man who was miraculously healed of a bacterial infection in the brain through prayers to and the intercession of Mother Teresa in 2008. From 2006 until 2008, he had many fainting episodes and was even paralyzed on his left side, until intense prayer to the future saint completely healed him during an intense ache in his brain and preparation for surgery.

"I felt a very great peace and no headaches. The doctor said, 'If you wake up without a headache, then go to the intensive care and tomorrow we will have the surgery. That night, I slept very well. The next day, the doctor visited me and said, as you have a headache you do not need to have the surgery. That afternoon, I returned home to the delight of my family. After I came to know that the moment when I had no more pain doctors have done tests and they saw that 70 percent of the infection was reduced."

Marcilio spoke during the official Vatican presentation of Mother Teresa's canonization, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4. 

The priest in charge of studying the life of Mother Teresa and proving her holiness said they also took various criticisms into consideration. 

Postulator for the Cause of Canonization
"We had to take those criticisms seriously.  Then to see ok, what are the facts, all of the facts, because sometimes in the documentary has some of the facts, but not all of the facts, or even not understanding the context of the facts. Then, secondly, there's also a question of perspective, so if Mother's pro-life, well then if you're pro-abortion, you're not going to agree. So each of those criticisms were met."

Mother Teresa was also aware of those who opposed her, as well as the evil in the world. The postulator continued, explaining her understanding of this poverty and sinfulness against others. 

Postulator for the Cause of Canonization
"Here again, her own words. 'The devil hates God. And that hatred in action is destroying us, making us commit sin, making us share in that evil, so that we too share in that hatred and this cuts us off from God. But there's where the wonderful mercy of God comes and this is what the devil hates in God. That tenderness and love of God for the sinner.'"

Mother Teresa lived her life with this tenderness, being merciful to all and loving everyone. The proof is still evident today with this recent miracle. With her sainthood, no doubt more prayers will also be answered through her intercession.

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