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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.

Cardinal O'Malley, Capuchin friar, defender of life and blogger


In the simplicity and charisma that has come to define him, he asks others to call him Cardinal Sean, instead of Cardinal O'Malley. He considers himself a staunch defender of life and the family.

Archbishop of Boston (United States)

 "We have to draw people into the Church so that they will see the beauty that is there, and discover how much the Lord loves them and wants them to be a part of their lives, calling them to be part of his family, the Church.”

In 2003, Cardinal O'Malley was appointed archbishop of Boston. Three years later, Benedict XVI created him cardinal. Today, he is very active on Twitter and online, he was the first Cardinal with his own personal blog.

Archbishop of Boston (United States)

"Part of our task is going to be how to communicate to a world that has become increasingly more secular.”

Perhaps his toughest challenge to date was taking over in Boston at the height of the child sex abuse scandal. To compensate the victims, Cardinal O'Malley sold off the diocese's episcopal palace and moved to a small apartment inside a monastery. In addition to English, he's also fluent in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.