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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:

The secrets of Mother Teresa's interior darkness


The fact that Mother Teresa suffered deep, interior darkness for close to 50 years, is now a commonly known fact. However, it wasn't always so. Shortly after Mother Teresa's death, there were Jesuit priests who managed to preserve certain parts of her writings and interior life

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"Sometime after she died, documents that had been kept by the Jesuit seniority were released to us as we began to do the process of her beatification. So in that way, we began to find out the things that we'd never known. Nobody in the congregation knew that for 50 years she passed through such darkness.” 

Mother Teresa was a very private person, wanting her prayer life to be kept between her and Jesus alone. She experienced the ultimate pain, feeling rejected by the Lord, the one to whom she had dedicated her life. 

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"When she prayed it was empty and it caused a great pain. And it took her a while in a sense to really understand what God was doing through that. This darkness is something that happens at times in the spiritual life; this purification of helping us to come to love God for his own sake, not for what we may receive.” 

In this way, she was able to personally connect and experience the same light the homeless experienced each day: abandonment, feeling unloved and unwanted. Her love grew not only for God, but for neighbor, as she gave from her heart, not expecting anything in return. 

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"Then I think she entered deeper into this and began to see that this darkness that she was passing through, that this feeling unloved, and unwanted was sharing in the abandonment of the poor. In their feeling unloved, and abandoned, rejected. And she herself, expressed it like that.” 

It was perhaps, because of these feelings, her faith flourished daily through her interactions with the poor. Mother Teresa truly challenged the sisters to do more than simply satisfy the needs of the flesh: hunger, thirst and need for shelter. She desired each personal encounter to be a real meeting with the living God

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"She used to tell us also, you're not called to be social workers, not to do social work, good and helpful as it may be. But to take on to ourselves something of the suffering of the poor. To take it on to ourself, to make it part of redemption. And I think that's what she began to see, that side of her life. She said to herself, I see it as a spiritual side of my life, entering into this suffering of the poor.” 

Entering into this part of life, a place where few people trod, is one of the reasons she made such a big impact on not only the poor, but the whole world