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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:

Reactions to Wednesday's morning Conclave vote


"My reaction was a little bit disappointed, you know, because if the new Pope were elected that would be cool. And also I would be able to visit the Sistine Chapel.”

"I'm a little bit disappointed, because obviously I was expecting white smoke.”

"Yeah, we where hoping to see white smoke, but unfortunately it came out black.”

As people wait to find out who is elected Pope, they talk amongst themselves about what characteristics the next Pope should have.  

"I hope he's from Latin America and I hope he brings us peace, because the world needs it.”

"I guess I just want someone that is more progressive than Pope Benedict was.”

"I hope the next Pop has the charisma John Paul II had a firm personality like that of Ratzinger.”

Cardinal electors will meet once again at around 4pm Rome time. The next time smoke will come out of the Sistine Chapel will be between 5 and 7pm.

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