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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:

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin: From Marocco and Madagascar, to Lyon France


Archbishop of Lyon (France)
16th of February, 2005
"Unity is a challenge for the Third Millennium. Above all the unity of Christians and inter-religious dialogue. The second issue to take into account is the distribution of resources in the world. We don't want to emphasize the differences in the world, but we need to show that the Gospel is a  source of hope in all the world.”

He was named Archbishop by John Paul II in 1998 and made Cardinal in October 2003. He is a man of  great discretion. He says he's encouraged by the dialogue with Muslims and the Jewish community