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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:

Mexican Cardinal, Javier Lozano Barragan, turns 80

2013-01-25

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(April 21, 2005) "He looked like a little skeleton. He was only skin and bones. His cheek was visible affected from the disease. He was there with his mother and I was there as well. When the Pope's plane landed in Zacatecas, John Paul II saw the boy, grabbed him and kissed him. After that kiss, eventually the boy was cured.”

In 1997, the Pope asked him to lead the Vatican's department that's responsible for the pastoral care of the sick. 

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(January 12, 2007) "I really don't know how that happened, but he appointed me as the new president of this ministry or health department. I was surprised because at that point, I had mostly focused on theology, culture, catechesis and political dialogue on Latin America.”

Under his new role, he launched the 'Good Samaritan' Foundation which buys medication to care for AIDS patients in poor countries. Part of his responsibility was to make sure donations were used precisely for that purpose. 

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(January 12, 2007) "This foundation is like a bridge. We promote the foundation by saying, please help these AIDS patients. So donors send us money and we make sure we buy enough medicine for these patients. Right now the number of people who die from AIDS on a daily basis is about 8,000. No one helps them.”

Then in March 2012, he accompanied Benedict XVI when he visited Mexico and Cuba. Here in Rome, things are not that different. He's often seen on the front row, smiling during Papal ceremonies. 

At the age of 80, cardinals lose the right to vote in an eventual conclave. So after his birthday, the number of cardinal electors will stand at 118. 


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