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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.

New book explains the horrific persecution against Christians all over the world


Some 150 million Christians worldwide suffer from persecution or discrimination by simply professing their faith in Jesus Christ. Some of their stories are collected in this book, "I also persecute you: Christians bare witness in the world.”

The book tells the story of the daily suffering endured by those who refuse to abandon their faith, face death threats and are treated like second-class citizens. In addition, in Pakistan the anti-blasphemy laws are used as a tool for revenge, Christians must succumb many other abuses.

Archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan
"Non-Muslims are not considered equal citizens among the rest. They face discrimination in many ways, especially when it comes to getting a job or promotion. In addition, in schools, the textbooks do not prepare children to live in a modern-day
society, full of multi-religious and multi-ethnic people. Non- Muslims are described in a negative way in these books.”

Unfortunately, these forms of discrimination against Christians is not exclusive to Pakistan. It is a sentiment that travels around the globe. Most stories never make it to the cover of any newspaper.

"Discriminatory practices range from the most outrageous to very subtle. In Sudan, for example, Christian women also are subjected to a strict Islamic dress code. If they consider that your skirt is too short or you wear pants, you can be sentenced to 20, 30 or 40 lashes.”

Ironically, the Middle East is the cradle of Christianity and is also the place where the most atrocious persecutions against Christians takes place. The book also focuses on the suffering of those who are subjected to a radical Islam, even before the arrival of Daesh.

Iraqi priest
"In Iraq, there was talk of democracy and freedom. And we are free a hundred percent of the time. Free to steal, to kill, to destroy, to transform churches into mosques, into military barracks, or into places were women get abused. There is also freedom to create a new state that has existed now for more than two years, an official Islamic state; freedom to force others to change their religious beliefs.”

In these places where the Daesh sows terror. One of the key contributors in helping Christians is to gain international recognition against the genocide of minorities. These actions will serve to raise awareness and also help victims receive faster and more effective aid. Initiatives like this book contribute to this cause and serves as a voice to those who have been stripped of everything by not renouncing their faith.