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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.

Pope explains the purpose of fasting during Lent


Benedict XVI
"Today theChurch celebrates Ash Wednesday, the beginning of her Lenten journeytowards Easter. The Christian life is itself a constant journey ofconversion and renewal in the company of the Lord.”

ThePope recalled that fasting, alms-giving and prayer help to deepenfaith and commit to living the Gospel.

He noted that fastingis not just to deprive yourself but to leada more moderatelife. Heasked everyoneto give alms and do good deeds for others aswell as stressingthe importance ofpiousand intenseprayersduring Lent.

BenedictXVI also said that Lent is a good time to renew the commitments thatare acquiredin Baptism.

Benedict XVI
Aswe accompany the catechumens preparing for Baptism, we open ourhearts anew to the grace of our rebirth in Christ. This spiritualjourney is traditionally marked by the practice of fasting,almsgiving and prayer.”

Forthe pope,Lent is less abouttheobserved laws and precepts andmore about the person coming closer to Christ.

Amongthe 7,000 peoplein the audience was a Germanband thatdedicated a song for their countryman, Benedict XVI.