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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.
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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:

Pope visits the tombs of his predecessors


First he prayed at the tomb of Benedict XV, the pope who inspired him to choose his name. Then he went to the tomb of Pius XI who was pope when Joseph Ratzinger was a child.

The pope also prayed before the tomb of Pius XII, who was pope when Ratzinger was ordained a priest.

He then visited the tomb of Paul VI, who named him bishop and cardinal.

At the tomb of John Paul I, the pope remembered participating in the conclave that elected him pope and his funeral 33 days later.

Benedict left John Paul II’s tomb for last, the pope who brought him to Rome and who he worked closely with for 24 years.

He did not visit the tomb of John XXIII, under whom the Second Vatican council was held, because it was moved in the year 2000 when he was beatified. –JMB/RS/JM-WP