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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:

Children's book explains real world conflicts in Africa


His book “Roza or the Courage to Choose Life,” takes children page by page through the conflict that has devastated the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the past decade.

The book is being promoted by Caritas Internationalis and the Catholic Church of Canada. Their aim is to teach children about the conflict through the story of a woman named Roza, who lived through the violence and is working to teach the women of her village how to read and grow new crops.

By telling her story, the book explains how war has divided the country and led to the creation of child soldiers. And in the face of millions of people being displaced from their homes, how the locals are working to rebuild their communities and educate the youth.

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