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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.

World's biggest Shrine attracts more than 10 million visitors in Aparecida, Brazil


The month with the highest number was October, with more than 1.2 million people. On November 13th, when the National Youth Pilgrimage was celebrated, roughly 200,000  young adults visited the shrine that day alone. 

The history of the shrine goes back to 1717, when according to tradition, a group of fishermen, was having trouble catching fish. Despite their frustration, they threw their nets in the water once again, but this time, they caught a small statue of the Virgin Mary. The very next time they threw the nets, they caught plenty of fish. So, the son of one of the fisherman built a small chapel and placed that small statue there, to honor Our Lady, who would eventually become the future patroness of Brazil.

Benedict XVI also visited the shrine back in 2007 during his first trip to Latin America.

 - BN