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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.

Harvard contest challenges designers to create homes for less than $300

2012-07-19

To help create housing that was cheap and easily built, a professor from Dartmouth launched a contest in "Harvard Business Review” to create homes for 300 dollars or less. This was the beginning of "$300 House,” a contest for architects, engineers and designers from every country.

The winner was Eric Ho for his proposal to build individual housing units that are attached together and thereby cutting down on costs. These houses would create a neighborhood of around 100 families. To view the design, you can follow his step by step construction plan that would keep costs under $300.

The California architect Joseph Sandy sent this design that can be adapted to different climates, giving homes to poor families around the world.

Among the hundreds of projects presented, the top 16 took awards home. However, the idea behind the contest didn't end there. Some of these designs are already being built in India, Ethiopia and Haiti to help ensure that nobody is left without a home.

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