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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.
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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.
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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.

St. Anna Schäffer: Bedridden at 19, yet still managed to inspire through letters

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At the age of 19, she slipped into boiling lye, which left both her legs severely damaged. Over time, her injuries got worse. Her legs became paralyzed, she was diagnosed with cancer and eventually suffered a brain injury. Even so, her faith in God grew stronger. It's said she developed stigmata, after having visions of St. Francis and of Jesus.

Through her sickness, she received Communion every day and offered her suffering and pain to God.  As word of her devotion spread, she would write letters to console those who turned to her for advice and inspiration.  Through her pain and poverty, she did so year after year.

She died in her early 40's, on October 5th, 1925.
But on Sunday, her message will come alive again, when Benedict XVI declares her a saint.


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