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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.

A look at the Second Vatican Council and the New Evangelization


Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome)

"In the long history of the Church, 50 years is really not that much.  Fifty years later the council is still a work in progress.”

University of Navarra (Spain)

"We looked into the ecumenical aspect of the Second Vatican Council. Also, the reform of the liturgy and the Church, and the mystery of the Church through the Second Vatican Council.”

University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

"The Council decided on some very important points about the liturgy. The reform of the liturgy and the renewal and the establishment of the Church, like 'Lumen Gentium' and freedom of religion.  Also, the important pastoral constitution on the government of the Church.”

And then, a key document of Vatican II, titled 'Nostra Aetate' was also discussed. The document looked into the Church’s relationship with non-Christians.

Antonianum Pontifical University (Rome)

"Less than 20 years after the end of World War II and the Holocaust, the Church was thinking of new ways of relating with people, a new way of relating to Jews. That’s why it developed a declaration on its relationship with the Jewish community. But really "Nostra Aetate” deals with the relationship between Church and non-Christians in general.”

The conference was sponsored Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich. The two day conference was also a way to get ready for the coming year of faith.