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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 Urosa presides Chavez funeral in Rome, calls for unity



Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) 
“In my role as bishop of the Church of God, I invite you all to pray to the Lord to grant him eternal rest and take him to his eternal Glory. I express my most sincere condolences to his parents, siblings, children and other family. Also to his government, his friends and his followers.” 

The cardinal called for unity among all Venezuelans, to move the country forward despite their political views. 

Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) 
“Brothers and sisters, let us pray with fervor for our beloved homeland, Venezuela. So that we can live fraternally, as members of one country, and so what we can peacefully resolve our differences.” 

The cardinals also brought up the importance the upcoming conclave has for the Catholic Church, and asked for prayers for whomever is elected Pope. 

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