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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.

Pope's butler moves from jail cell to house arrest. Now, he awaits judge's decision


The butler was in a Vatican prison cell for 60 days. But since July 21st, he has been under house arrest inside his residence, which is within Vatican State territory. There, he lives with his wife and two children.

At this point, his activities are monitored, but according to the Vatican's spokesperson, he has access to "medical assistance, spiritual help, visits and he may attend Mass accompanied.”

Months ago, the Pope's butler was arrested, while carrying confidential Vatican documents.
If the Vatican decides to  go ahead with a trial, the Pope's butler could face between one and six years in prison.