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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.
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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:

The situation of Catholics in Africa

2009-10-06

The latest statistics indicate the continent counts on 35 thousand priests, 25 thousand seminaries and 62 thousand consecrated people. In the past 15 years 520 people have died because of religious violence.

One of the main goals the continent must face and one that is being discussed at the synod this month, is to achieve a reconciliation between the people, leading to lasting peace and the fulfillment of justice. This is viewed as the first step to bringing down Africa off the top spot on the poverty statistics. Zambia is the poorest country in the world, where 86 percent of the population has less than what’s necessary to live.

In recent years, the strong presence of China and India along with the consent of local governments has led to very negative consequences for population development.

Another issue that worries the Church and society in Africa include Aids. Once again, the Church stands by its position: the most effective way to curb the number affected is abstinence and fidelity.
For 20 days, 244 members of the Second Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops will address the situation of Africa and its main problems, showing what it can bring the continent, which is much more than the sad figures of hunger.

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