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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Robles Ortega, taking on drug trafficking without bodyguards

2013-03-09

He is a simple man, and very approachable. He enjoys sports, especially soccer, and enjoys having his own car. Despite speaking out publicly against drug trafficking and receiving several threats, he has refused bodyguards.

CARD. FRANCISCO ROBLES ORTEGA
Archbishop of Guadalajara (Mexico)
Archive October 10, 2008
"In situations like these, we cannot be held back by desperation or fear. First, we have to trust God, his providence.”

He started off as an altar boy at the church in his native Mascota. In 1976, he was ordained priest, and in 2007 Benedict XVI created him cardinal. He studied theology at Rome's Gregorian University, and his avid interest in literature led to a degree in humanities and philosophy. Since 2012, he serves as the president of Mexican Episcopal Conference.


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