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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.

Strong emotions during Pope's first public appearance since announcing resignation


"Today I feel that I need to support more the Church with what I'm doing with my ordinary life by praying more for the Holy Father and doing my work well and trying to offer it.”

 "It's a moment so special because I didn't know that this was going to happen when I came here and this is a historical moment. so it's so special to me to see the Pope, and this will be the only opportunity for me to see the him.”

Since the early morning on Wednesday, they waited for the chance to see the Pope inside Paul VI Hall. They wanted to show their appreciation to him and what he's done for the Church.

"I think that he helped us to being true Christians with the doctrine that he imparts to us.”

 "I don't know, because he did so many things and it's hard to point only one”. "He has been a very important successor.”

They poured in from all parts of Rome and the world, surrounding Benedict XVI with their warmth and well wishes. Even more are expected to arrive in the coming days to see him and thank him until his last moment as Pope.