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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.
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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:

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien mourns situation of Christians in Jesus' Land


Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"Thirty or forty percent, but  most of the people have fled because of the pressures there.  There are no jobs, they can´t travel, great repression in that part of the world and it´s a shame.”

American Cardinal Edwin O'Brien visited the Holy Land on December 1st, under his new role of Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.  He says, Israel's plans to set up 30,000 new settlements will complicate things even further with Palestinians.  

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"The more that that land is taken away from them and settlements, permanent settlements are built up, it´s going to be virtually impossible to envision a free Palestinian state.”

Precisely to help that small, but vivid Christian community, more than 30,000 members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre dedicate their time, knowledge and resources. Their donations help fund 45 schools and more than 60 parishes and several orphanages in the Holy Land.

He says one of the biggest challenges is actually having an open debate about the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"For some reason we can´t openly debate these things in the United States where we´re afraid to be accused of anti antisemitism, but the discussion in Israel among the Jewish people is much livelier.”

In the meantime, O'Brien says visits from outside pilgrims help out this Christian community, not just financially, but emotionally.

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"The midnight Mass is something that is  known world wide, that´s a sign for Christians that there is still life in the Church, there is concern for them on the part of the Church Universal.”

Even though challenges do exist, Cardinal O'Brien says he made sure this small community of Christians knows it's not forgotten...