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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.
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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:

Who has access to the Papal Apartment?


Four consecrated women, who are also members of the Communion and Liberation movement are in charge of domestic chores. There's also the Pope's two secretaries, Alfred Xuereb and Georg Gänswein. 

In his book, the Pope talks about celebrating daily Mass with them everyday. Normally they eat lunch together, watch the news an sometimes see a movie.

The Pope's butler, 46 year old Paolo Gabrielle also lived nearby, within Vatican walls. He too was in the Pope's close circle. He attended early Mass with the Pope at 7 am, before serving him breakfast, lunch and dinner.

He was also in charge of making sure that everything was in order at the Pope's apartment. His main responsibility was to assist the Pope throughout his day.

Other regular visitors who are able to come and go from the Papal apartments are the commander of the Swiss Guard, Daniel Rudolf Anrig, the inspector general of the Vatican police, Domenico Giani and the Pope's personal doctor, Patrizio Polisca.

Most recently, the three cardinals who were commissioned to investigate the leaks have also had access to the apartment. The cardinals include, Julián Herránz, Jozef Tomko and Salvatore de Giorgi. In fact, Benedict XVI personally granted them access as they took on the investigation.