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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.

Cardinal Koch: “We can't be Catholic and not accept the Second Vatican Council”


Card. Kurt Koch
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, President 
“It is clear that I cannot speak publicly about what we speak about in this sense. It is clear, we must prepare something. In the end, the Holy Father decides.”

The terms of a possible reconciliation are reportedly triggering a division among the Society of St. Pius X. Apparently, three of the four bishops from the group do not agree with the terms of the reconciliation, which among other things include having legitimate discussions on the document formulations of the Second Vatican Council. 

The main problem though, is that for years, the traditionalist group has not accepted the Second Vatican Council nor the Magisterium that has followed. 

Card. Kurt Koch
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, President 
“We cannot be Catholic and not accept the Vatican Council and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, after the Second Vatican Council.”

It was believed that the Vatican would issue its response by the end of May, but now that date is unknown.