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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.

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.

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.

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.

Russian Orthodox parish in Rome reaches final stages of construction


Father Vladimir
Church of St Catherine of Alexandria (Rome)
They came to our liturgies, to our masses in Italian, and they see how we pray.  And also we go to them for their liturgies and also pray.  And also we have, this city of Rome has a lot of saints’ relics, so we also go to pray before these relics and to ask permission from Catholic priests, and they are very friendly to us.  

The Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria has been in development since 1991.  But the idea of building a Russian Orthodox church in Rome goes back to the late 1800’s, when the czar still ruled Russia.   The project was put on hold after the Revolution of 1917, but was revived after the fall of the communist regime, with the blessings of the late Patriarch Alexei II.   

The Russian Orthodox community was also very happy that the Church of St. Nicholas of Bari was returned to them.  There are only a few Russian Orthodox churches throughout Italy.  But the Catholic Church accommodates local Russian Orthodox communities so that they can practice their faith.  

Father Vladimir
Church of St Catherine of Alexandria (Italy)
The Catholic authorities allow our priests to take one chapel for celebrating.  It’s very important for us because we can’t build our churches here. It costs much.  So we are very glad to and appreciate the kindness to us.  

The Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria is in the final stages of construction, and will be consecrated on May 23rd by a church official from Moscow.