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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.

St. Joseph Calasanctius: The Saint who founded the first free public school for the poor


"And when he died, even those who persecuted him said, 'he will be a saint'. His room was locked  and since then, no one else has lived there. It has remained  unchanged. They also took an inventory of all his things.”

From the furniture, to the ceilings, the windows and the floors are all original. In fact, several of his personal items were left intact. Like his  glasses, his prayer book, the chalice and  distinctive hat. Even his silverware and even pens and imprints he used to write thousands of letters. 

"Even if it's only to see see his office and see the oil used in his small lamp. The same one he used to write so many letters. We have about five thousand of his letters. He led the entire Order, from this his office.”

Tradition says that the Virgin appeared before him in this room. The Order is also known for being the first to take a fourth vow to educate and teach. 

Then there are the relics of St. Jose de Calasanz which of  course have a special meaning to members of this Order. His heart which honors his charity, his tongue represents his love for teaching. His head, symbolizes all his studies and his spleen, which represents his humility.