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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

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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

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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:

Turkish Government May Allow Orthodox Church to Own Property

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The groundbreaking event marks the first time in history, the Republic of Turkey will return  property belonging to a religious minority. 

The secular Turkish government banned religious organizations from owning property in a law passed in 1936 … Until now. 

According to the report, the move resulted in a hotly constested court ruling by the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. 

There are some 250 million Orthodox  worldwide, who recognize the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as their leader... However there are only about 3,000 ethnic Greeks living in Turkey today. The Orthodox Church in Turkey has been subject to many restrictions over the past century. 

Turkish officials have yet to confirm the news, though experts say the move will open “a can of worms,” as their are about 20 other buildings of great value that have been seized by the government. 
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