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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:

Cardinals take vow of secrecy, during their first general congregation meeting


The worldwide media waited for them outside the Vatican, but surrounded by journalists, cameras and microphones, the cardinals didn't say much.

"I don't remember anything. It's all canceled.”

"It was a time for prayer and  meditation.”

"I will speak through my silence.”

"I will not say anything. I'm sorry, goodbye.”

Some cardinals are holding press conferences, to discuss general matters of the Church in general, but no specifics. Today a group of American Cardinals talked about the Conclave and by when they would like to elect the next Pope.

Archbishop of Chicago (USA)

"The only outside limit that's in the back of all our minds is Holy Week. We'd like to be done before Holy Week starts. Have a Pope so we can go back to our diocese. I'm sure all of us are thinking about that.”

Of the 115 cardinals who are eligible to vote in the coming conclave, 103 have arrived, the other 12 are expected to arrive by Monday afternoon or Tuesday.