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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.
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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.
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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:

Vatican document condemns sex abuse in Ireland, paves way for future

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In the document, “the Holy See reiterates the sense of dismay expressed by Pope Benedict XVI” over the sex abuse scandal in Ireland.

The group also “acknowledged the seriousness of the shortcomings” in handling the cases of abuse. They said there was also “decisive progress” that has led to “greater awareness of the problem”.

The document also calls for the involvement of lay people in the work of prevention and formation and cooperation with civil authorities in reporting accusations.

These guidelines come from a 2008 document called “Safeguarding Children” which will be updated based on the Circular Letter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.


The apostolic visitors also made stops at seminaries and religious institutions to examine the training being received. Their aim was to ensure an “authentic priestly identity” in the students at the seminary.

The visit also “recognized the painful events of recent years that opened many wounds in the Catholic community”.

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