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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.”

Being angry with God isn't a sin, but could be beneficial


When thinking of the perfect way to pray, many envision a quiet place, kneeling, with hands perfectly folded, but what if it was healthy and even beneficial to be angry and explain every frustration to God?

This is one way Brother Christopher Daniels, from Atlanta, Georgia, prayed as he discerned his calling to the priesthood. He struggled with anger, confusion and the idea of complete surrender before realizing what would make him truly happy.

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"I was super mad at God because I didn't want to be there. I was like, 'What? I gave you a year of my life as a missionary and what do you do? You send me to the seminary. This is not what I signed up for!' I had this whole idea of I give, you give, you know,  God as a Coke machine, but God's not a Coke machine. He's a loving father and He's got a plan.” 

While this plan was terrifying, Br. Christopher began to explore the possibility of becoming a priest by taking baby steps. He started to face his fears, including the thought of losing his current way of life, his girlfriend at the time and his freedom. In fact, he took all of these to God in anger and got even more than just the response he was looking for. 

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"So when you're mad, have it out with God, but wait to hear his response. That's the key. Because a lot of times we're mad and we think we shouldn't be mad with God, but you know, He wants to hear these things.” 

Br. Christopher spent eight days on a silent retreat explaining his frustrations to God. While he was looking for an answer during this time, he never thought it'd come in the form of an overwhelming peace. 

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"I kind of realized I was at peace and that peace was what I had been looking for all along. and I'd been looking for in everything else, other than giving up everything and following Christ. It was that peace of knowing I was loved totally and knowing I could love totally, without worrying about losing that. And that's when I could really say yes, Christ if you want this for me, yes.”  

This peace continues to this day, as he is studying to be a priest in Rome, Italy, and has found immense joy and fulfillment during his studies. 

As for his prayer life...there will always be moments of frustration, but in communicating with God, he has achieved a level of peace he never thought possible.