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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.

Anglicans searching far and wide to find replacement for Archbishop of Canterbury


Father Jonathan Boardman is the archdeacon of Rome's All Saints Church. In the search for a new Anglican Primate, he says that having transparency may be a good thing for the Church.

Fr. Jonathan Boardman
Chaplain, All Saints Church
"Absolutely bizarrely, but some people have said and rather too politically correctly, the position was advertised, but in this age when people want to see that access is open, one might say you can defend it in that way.”

The Primate is elected by a council called the Crown Nominations' Commission, or the CNC. It has 16 members that come from the Church, government, and civil society.

The council will select two names, one with a 'preferred' status to be rubber stamped by Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of the Queen.

The Anglican community is very divided with many groups being split on how the Church should approach many social issues. The CNC will have to take this into consideration when voting for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Fr. Jonathan Boardman
Chaplain, All Saints Church
"Clearly there will be interests across the board of disagreement about gay marriage, gay ordination, woman’s ordination, that will all be in the pot, there will be people all representing those interested positions.”

These points of conflict make the job of leading the Anglican Church especially difficult, but it's something that most followers believe must be addressed.

Fr. Jonathan Boardman
Chaplain, All Saints Church
"The new primate will undoubtedly have to be sensitive to the fact that division exists and it will be completely ridiculous to deny that it exists, it does exist.”

Father Boardman says that the process of nominating a new primate is completely open to the public, but he assures that he's not interested in the position.

Fr. Jonathan Boardman
Chaplain, All Saints Church
"People can write in names, anybody can propose somebody. So if anybody feels like proposing me, I don’t want the job.”

Archbishop Rowan Williams will leave office this December. So far, among the leading candidates are the Ugandan-born Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, the 52-year-old Bishop Christopher Cocksworth, and the 54-year-old Bishop Steven Croft.

However, a decision is not expected to be announced until after Archbishop Williams has left his post.