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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.
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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:

What is the Angelus?

2012-08-09

The Angelus recalls the moment of the Incarnation, when the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus. Since the days of the early Christians, it has been customary to remember this moment in the life of Virgin Mary. Over the centuries, the tradition developed to pray three Hail Marys. And since the sixteenth century, three sentences were added.

Pope John XXIII began to recite it on Sundays and holiday in St. Peter's Square holidays before each blessing. This marked the beginning of the tradition of praying the Angelus that continues to this day.

The only time of year when the Angelus is not recited is after Holy Week. During Easter, the Angelus is replaced by the Regina Coeli, a prayer that recalls the resurrection of Jesus and continues until the feast of Pentecost.


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