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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:

Vatican's Head of Family Council, says his words about homosexuals were manipulated


During a press conference, he said the Church in general, opposes any unfair discrimination, including that of homosexuals.   

He was then asked if the Church supports any types of gay unions, other than marriage, like civil unions or common law rights.

The Archbishop made a clear distinction. He said the individual rights of all people must be respected. But when it comes to marriage, he said the actual institution of marriage cannot be  recognized simply because of strong emotional ties. He added that alternative legal measures-not marriage -could be considered.

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"I agree that we need to avoid all discrimination.  I think the solutions can be found in dealing with the civil code. Whether it's at a patrimonial level, or at a level that facilitates things, and prevents injustices against the weak.  It's something we have to reflect on. I want to highlight that these measures should be based on individual rights.”

In recent months other comments of senior Vatican officials have also been misinterpreted, often times reducing their answers to a simple  "condemnation” of same sex marriage. Even the words of the Pope have been misinterpreted, creating confusion.

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