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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust: Yad Vashem Memorial makes changes in exhibit

2012-07-02

The new text says that according to his supporters, the Pope's neutrality helped save the lives of many Jews. The Vatican claims that if Pius XII would have been more outspoken and critical of the Nazi regime, it would have caused the death of even more Jews.

Instead the Vatican says, his quiet diplomacy allowed the Church to carry out secret rescue missions.

The text description still includes the point of view of critics, who say he should have said and done more.

The Holy See's ambassador in Israel, Antonio Franco described it as a 'positive evolutio', adding that the text went from straight condemnation to an evaluation.

Pius XII was Pope from 1939 to 1958. Before that he was the papal envoy in the German state of Bavaria. The controversy over his approach has been discussed between the Vatican and Israel, for decades.

Some claim the controversy between both groups has stopped the beatification of Pius XII from going forward.


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