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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:

Card. Barragan: next Pope needs at least same qualities as Benedict XVI



President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers 
"The Pope decided to resign because he says he no longer has the strength to carry out the office. Therefore, the next Pope needs to be a person who at the very least has the qualities Benedict XVI had before he started loosing strength.” 

He also traveled with Benedict XVI to Mexico and Cuba back in March 2012. The apostolic trip is forever marked with this photograph. At that point, the Cardinal didn't expect a resignation, at all. 

President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers 
"It's a decision that shows great humility, great courage, great consistency. It's a decision that says, 'Our Lord is guiding the Church.' Hopefully this will be the best decision for the Church, as the Pope said.” 

The cardinal said that it is now time to examine the situation of the Church and pray that cardinals elect the right person to address these new challenges. 

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