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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

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.

Benedict XVI explains Easter season


The resurrection is the greatest of God’s mighty acts in history;mysterious beyond all imagining, it is also a real event attested by trustworthywitnesses who in turn became messengers of this Good News before the world. Inevery generation, the Gospel of Christ, crucified and risen, must constantly beproclaimed anew. Each of us, as a disciple of Christ, is called to testify tothe reality and power of the new life bestowed by the Risen Lord upon those whobelieve. Saint Mark, at the end of his Gospel, tells us that the Lord "workedwith" the Apostles, and "confirmed the message by the signs whichaccompanied it" (Mk 16:20). Today too, the Risen Christ wishes towork with us, so that we may reflect his words in our words and reveal the powerof his love by our actions. During this Easter season, may our personalencounter with the Lord deepen our faith, hope and love, and inspire us toproclaim, with our lips and in our lives, the Good News that "Christ istruly risen!".I offer a warm welcome to the newly-ordained deacons from the PontificalIrish College, together with their families and friends. Dear young deacons: maythe grace of your ordination conform you ever more fully to the Lord in humbleobedience and faithful service to the building up of the Church in your belovedhomeland. Upon all the English-speaking visitors present at today’s Audience,especially those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Malta, Croatia,Australia, Japan and the United States, I invoke the joy and peace of the RisenChrist!