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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.
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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:

Jerome Lejeune, the French doctor who 'discovered' the cause of Down Syndrome


This Rimini exhibit titled "What is man, that one is mindful of him?” is dedicated to the French doctor.

The exhibit includes images of Lejeune's house, including photographs of his daughter Clara working in the lab. Also in the exhibit is his personal diary and the microscope used to discover the abnormality.

The issue itself is quite timely since on August 20th a new controversy come about when a German pharmaceutical company began marketing a test to detect if a fetus had Down Syndrome. For the French doctor, the goal wasn't just to detect the extra chromosome, but to find a way to actually cure those affected. It's a mission that continues to this day with the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.