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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:

Benedict XVI names Pope Pius XII venerable

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Benedict XVI delayed naming Pius XII venerable for two years. In regards to those who are opposed to his beatification, Benedict XVI has consulted with various historians before signing the decree.

Representatives from Jewish communities world-wide have asked Benedict XVI to open the Vatican archives regarding Pius XII before his beatification, in order to contextualize his role in World War II.

While some criticize Pius XII for not condemning Hitler explicitly, others maintain that he preferred to avoid unnecessary public statements to keep more Jews from dying.


Before becoming pope, Eugenio Pacelli was the apostolic nuncio in Bavaria.

In 1929, at the age of 53, Pope Pius XI named Pacelli cardinal and returned to Rome as the Vatican secretary of state.

Ten years later, in 1939 he began his pontificate. He proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption. He died at age 82 after one of the longest an most difficult pontificates in history.

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