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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:

Lombardi: 77 votes needed to elect next pope


Vatican Spokesperson

 "I think it will begin during the first days of next week. So they will not begin tomorrow or Sunday. But they could decide on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, even on Thursday, no one would stop them.”

During the next few meeting their names will be drawn at random for each of the room at Domus Santa Martha, where they will remain for the conclave.

Vatican Spokesperson

 "Today they will choose a date, tomorrow there will be a congregation. Keep in mind they might assign room at Santa Marta.”

To elect the next successor of Peter, a candidate needs 77 of the 115 votes from each eligible cardinal.

Vatican Spokesperson

 "According to my calculations, 77 votes are needed because you round up. So 77 will be the number of votes needed for the election.”

During Friday morning's congregation, the College of Cardinals also heard the reasons two papal electors gave for not coming.

Vatican Spokesperson

 "As we know, two electors said they would not be coming, the archbishop emeritus of Jakarta and Cardinal O'Brien. The first said he's not coming for health reasons, the second for personal reasons specified in a press release. The college voted to accept these reasons.”

also said that the preparation work inside the Sistine Chapel would end within the coming days.