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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:

Vatican: Watch out for fake Equestrian Orders

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On that list, are the Holy See's Equestrian Orders, which include the Supreme Order of Christ, the Order of the Golden Spur, the Pian Order, the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, and the Order of Pope Saint Sylvester. 

In addition, there are two other Orders that are recognized and supported by the Holy See. These include the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, whose Grand Master is Fra Matthew Festing and the Equestrian Order of the Holy See Sepulchre of Jerusalem, led by Grand Master Cardinal O'Brien.

The list was published to make clear that the Holy See does not recognize the documents, insignias, membership or even diplomas issued by other Orders, who claim to fall under the protection of the Vatican. It's also a way to prevent the inappropriate use of sacred places, like churches or chapels for "ceremonies of investiture.”


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