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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:

Pope sends telegram after Hurricane Matthew kills hundreds in Haiti


After already traveling more than 2,000 miles, Hurricane Matthew has wrecked havoc across the Caribbean, but most especially in Haiti, where there are now more than 400 reported deaths. 

As a result, Pope Francis has expressed his condolences with a telegram, sent on his behalf by Cardinal Pietro Parolin to the president of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti.

"He assures his spiritual closeness and affection for the injured and all those who have lost their homes and belongings in the disaster. Welcoming and encouraging solidarity in implementing this new challenge facing the country, the Holy Father entrusts all Haitians to the maternal protection of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.”

With a population of 10.7 million, Haiti was still recovering from the previous natural disaster, the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck in 2010.

Now, once again, their streets are flooded and closed due to debris and fallen down trees. People are using ropes to cross the raging currents threatening to wipe them away, as they carry what belongings they can with them. Additionally, the powerful winds and rising water levels ruined crops, killed livestock and flattened houses, which eliminates the way many earn an income in the country.  

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"We are sending a rapid assessment team to coordinate with Haiti's partners in establishing the extent of the damage. We will be using funds from existing operations to help clear debris, repair bridges and roads, help kids return to school and clean up mud slides, which require heavy and expensive equipment.”

There is an estimated 350,000 people who need immediate assistance as they lack clean water, food and dry clothes. Due to these issues, the electoral council in Haiti has decided to postpone the presidential election that was to take place this Sunday. 

As of now, Hurricane Matthew has made its way to North America, gliding along the east coast with 120 mph winds.