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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.
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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.

Vatican announces Benedict XVI schedule for last days as Pope

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For Friday, he will meet with the president of Romania, and on Saturday with the president of Guatemala, as well as the Italian prime minister. Later that day, he will receive several Italian bishops. 


On Sunday, following the Angelus at St. Peter's Square, the Pope will begin his spiritual exercises, which this year will be lead by Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. They will last all week until the following Saturday. He will not have any public events throughout the entire week. 

His farewell event will be the general audience on Wednesday, February 27. The Vatican is preparing for thousands of pilgrims to attend, and decided to move the event from Paul VI Hall to St. Peter's Square

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI 
Vatican Spokesperson 
"Wednesday 27 will be the last general audience and it will take place as we had said, at St. Peter's Square, if the weather permits, at 10:30. It will be an important manifestation and we are expecting that many faithful will come.” 

The morning of his last day as Pontiff, he will welcome the cardinals already in Rome at the Clementine Hall to personally bid them farewell. 

Afterward, by 5 p.m. he will board a helicopter for his last trip as Pope. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI 
Vatican Spokesperson 
"On the 28, at around five in the evening, the Pope will take off on helicopter to Castel Gandalfo. We already knew he would go to Castel Gandolfo, but now we know the exact time. Afterwards, the Sede Vacante will start at eight o'clock.” 

From that moment, in that simple and scheduled time, the Church will begin a new, unprecedented chapter in its 2000 year history. 


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