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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.

What is the Rosary?


President, Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum (Rome)

“The Rosary is the contemplation  of the life and work of Jesus Christ, and Mary, as His mother was present through all these moments.”

Early Christians always felt a strong devotion to the Mother of Jesus. Historically, there were three decisive moments.

In the 13th century, St. Dominic, called for people to pray the rosary. As the Dominican order grew, so did the popularity of the rosary. Then in the 16th century, Pius V gave it a defined structure.

President, Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum (Rome)

 “St. Pius V  composed a structure of 150 Hail Marys. He did this by following 150 Psalms of the Old Testament, with the ten Hail Marys and Our Father.”

It was divided into three mysteries to remember the childhood, passion and resurrection of Jesus, as experienced through the eyes of Mary, his mother. These are  followed by a series of prayers dedicated to Mary.

In 2002, John Paul II added a fourth set of mysteries.

President, Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum (Rome)

“John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries, which narrate moments in the life of Jesus as Messiah and Savior.”

Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have emphasized the simplicity and depth of this prayer which can help Christians learn more about Mary.