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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.

Russian Orthodox immigrants find a home in Rome


Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria

"It's symbolic because we see here that it opens onto a beautiful view of Saint Peter's and from there you can see Saint Catherine's. Many Russians, Russian tourists come here saying 'we saw this church from St. Peter's'. It is a beautiful symbol of relations between the two churches.”

But beside the symbolic force this church carries in Rome, these two Churches have moved closer together through the forces of globalization allowing them to find that Catholics and Russian Orthodox share many things in common.

Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria

"What unites us is clear, it's our common roots, the apostolic succession, our common history and above all our positions on many issues of life coincide. Now, on some things we share points of view that are exactly the same.”

The church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria is the second Russian Orthodox Church in Rome. With its completion, it ends a project that began in the nineteenth century under the last Russian Tsar, however the country's communist revolution brought an end to its construction. Those who were faithful to the Church were forced to go underground.

Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria

"Immigrants who fled Russia during the civil war opened a church here, which still exists and is located in a residential building. It's not visible from the outside and you would never imagine that there is a church there. And this new church was built as a continuation of that old idea of having a true church here with domes and everything else.”

In this new church, many of the faithful who come here arrive from countries that were part of the former Soviet Union. They can now gather in a church that is completely built, to follow many of their traditions such as baptisms and celebrating Mass.