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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

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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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December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

Lourdes Reopens After Bomb Scare


An anonymous phone call to police warned that four explosives were to be set off in the shrine at 3pm.

After the evacuation, security forces searched the area for the bombs which turned out to be a false alarm.

The procession of the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated on schedule, at 4.30 in the afternoon.

This wasn’t the first time the Shrine has had to deal with a bomb scare. Lourdes was evacuated after a similar episode in 2002.