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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.

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols thanks Anglicans for cooperation


Mons. Vincent Nichols
President, Episcopal Conference of England and Wales
“It is his nobility of spirit that indicates to people what is good about the Ordinariate as a response. And I think we ought to pay attention to the words of Pope Benedict, when he sees in the Ordinariate an opportunity for us two churches to discover in practice what shared patrimony we have.”

It was also recently announced that 50 priests will go to the Catholic Church in 2011, when an Ordinariate will be set up. Between January and June these communities will be created within the Catholic Church after leaving the Anglican Church.

Mons. Vincent Nichols
President, Episcopal Conference of England and Wales
“Sometime in the new year, and the first comparatively small group of communities of Anglicans with their priests will begin to join the Ordinariate in a a process that will take place between January and Pentecost. And then after that we will see.”

Following the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI to allow entry of entire Anglican communities and priests into the Catholic Church, both sides have referenced the Blessed John Henry Newman. This cardinal who was born in 1801, left the Anglican Church when he was 44.

Mons. Vincent Nichols
President, Episcopal Conference of England and Wales
“He took up again with his friends in the church of England, as we do today, that we are friends with fellow bishops in the Church of England and in need together we have a single mission of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus in our country.”

Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman during his recent trip to the UK, at a ceremony in Birmingham which was attended by 70,000 people from England, Scotland and Wales.  The Pope introduced him as one of the leading scholars of his time and an example both for Anglicans to Catholics.