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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.”

Patrick Madrid: National speaker, Catholic Radio host, author, professor and father


Patrick Madrid has been a long-standing believer in his Catholic faith. He is well known in the community. In fact, Patrick has been a radio veteran for over twenty years and a well regarded author. He currently hosts his own podcast radio show on Immaculate Heart Radio. Patrick discuses topics related to faith and oftentimes unrelated and unpredictable conversations and insights on anything and everything. It's a job that he does not take lightly. 

Author and radio host
"So, that's the show I've been doing for the last couple of years. I enjoy the heck out of it. I jump out of bed every morning anxious to do the program and when I go to bed at night, after I pray, of course, I am thinking about what I am going to be talking about on the radio the next morning.”

Patrick is also an author and has written over 24 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide. In his latest book titled 'What am I doing here?', he discusses topics related to sexuality, faith and temptation.

Author and radio host
"It's a book answering skeptical questions from young people about everything. FLASH Many of the same kinds of questions that I encountered on my radio program and things that I have dealt with in conversation with my own children and others.” 

When Patrick is not busy with his radio show or writing books, he dedicates his time to his wife Nancy and their growing family.

Author and radio host
"Sometimes it's a mystery to me. I do believe in the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes that Jesus performed and there are times over the last thirty-five years that we have been married that I have sometimes wondered if maybe something similar has happened where the Lord has just multiplied the time in order to get everything done.” 

Patrick and Nancy both recognize the value in family bounding. Together they have 11 children and 16 grandchildren.

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