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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.

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:

Record breaking 2012 for one of Catholicism's most visited shrine in the world


The Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil, consistently ranks as a top destination for world pilgrims. 

 Outside Rome, only the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City surpasses those numbers with an estimated 20 million visitors. Meanwhile the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes sees approximately 6 million visitors per year.RCarrRR--PR-U: