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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.

Pope: Scientific knowledge does not satisfy human's spiritual quest


"It is with great joy that I announce that on November 24th, a Consistory will be held, where I will nominated six new members to the College of Cardinals.”

The soon to be cardinals are from the U.S, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Colombia and the Philippines. In addition to advising the Pope, they also have the responsibility of voting in an eventual conclave.

Since the Vatican launched the "Year of Faith” on October 11th, the Pope talked about what exactly it means to have faith, especially nowadays, where it seems that humanity is passing through a  'spiritual desert.'

"Before all else, faith is a divine gift which enables us to open our hearts and minds to God's world and through Baptism to share in his divine life within the community of the Church.”

He explained that the material world, though appealing is misleading. Even though
scientific knowledge is necessary, he said it's not enough satisfy the spiritual quest of humans.

"Yet faith is also a profoundly human act, engaging our intelligence and freedom. When we welcome God's invitation and gift, our lives and the world around us are transformed.”

Among those in attendance was a group from Panama, that gave the Pope three images of St. Mary L'Antigua, the Patroness of Panama.