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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.
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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:

President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers visits Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican


The pontiff asked about how education in Latvia strengthens spiritualvalues, as well as about the need to strengthen the institution ofthe family in Latvia.

At the conclusion of their visit, the President and the pope lookedat a copy of a 19th century album, Terra Mariana, which was publishedin just one copy and presented to Pope Leo XIII. The large andcolourful album speaks to the history of Christianity in Livonia.

President Zatlers recalled that the Vatican never recognised Latvia’sincorporation into the USSR and was one of the first states in theworld to recognise its independence after the Soviet Union collapsed.