There were a few non-synod items of interest over the past week. The pope’s message for World Youth Day 2016 was released. This international World Youth Day will be in held in Krakow, Poland next summer. The full text of the message is available in English here.
There was also a nine day papal visit to Cuba and the United States. The trip ended with a nearly one-hour long press conference on board the papal flight from Philadelphia to Rome. The full text of that presser is available here in English.
While not really Vatican-related, the Nobel prize winners were announced this week. Once again it was widely believed in church circles that Pope Francis could be awarded the prize. Instead, the Nobel committee threw everyone a curveball. The winner of the 2015 Nobel Peace prize is the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. The widespread reaction to the announcement was “who?”. Here is some background on the Quartet and their work in helping Tunisia avoid civil war.
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