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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.

Pope names lay Catholic as key player in choosing new bishops


The commission was originally created by Pope Pius XII in 1958 to provide support and advice for the churches of Latin America.

Until now, Professor Carriquiry was the undersecretary for the Pontifical Council for the Laity and bring years of experience working with the Church of Latin America, as well as different lay movements in the region.

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, the 67 year old Carriquiry is married with four children and has worked with the Holy See for over forty years; he was a collaborator of Paul VI, John Paul II, and currently Benedict XVI.