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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.

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:

Vatican approves new name for California's former 'Crystal Cathedral'


Msgr. Tod D. Brown
Bishop of Orange, California
"I want to share with you the name of our future cathedral. It will be Christ Cathedral”.

The Cathedral was originally built as a protestant Church. Now, as part of the transition phase, it will be shared with its previous owners until aproximately 2015. The archbishop says the new title still respects the Cathedral's spiritual legacy.

The Cathedral has a capacity for 2,736 people. And for those who like music, it also houses the world's largest organ. The Pope recently saw pictures of the Cathedral, which he appeared to like very much.