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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
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Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.
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Pope approves new decrees for the Causes of Saints

December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

Israel Foresees A Papal Trip To The Holy Land In May

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The trip would take place during a sensitive time for relations between Jews and Catholics.

During the past few weeks, Benedict XVI has received many petitions calling for a halt in the canonization process of Pius XII until the publication of documents from his papacy that will determine whether or not he aided Jews during World War II.

Israel and the Vatican continue their negotiations which began in 1994 to determine the legal status of the Church in Israel, extensions to pay taxes, and visas for religious Arabs.

If the trip is confirmed, Benedict XVI would be the third pope to visit the Holy Land. Paul VI briefly visited Jerusalem in 1964, and John Paul II visited holy places during the jubilee year in 2000.