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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.

Pope says farewell to Italy's Prime Minister, Mario Monti


In addition to this meeting with Monti, the Pope also agreed to meet with Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano. In fact, they are the only meetings the Pope added to his schedule after announcing his resignation. The Vatican says it's a way to show his gratitude to Italy and vice-versa.

Mario Monti thanked the Pope for the eight years of his pontificate. As a gift, he gave Benedict XVI three pens, colored red, white and green, which represent the colors of the Italian flag. The Pope gave him a framed image of the Vatican Gardens.