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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.
Pope Francis

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:

Pope Francis coat of arms as cardinal rooted in humility

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It features three symbols in a triangle shape, over a blue background. The most prominent feature, at the top of the triangle, is the sun with the letters IHS in the middle. The symbol represents the Jesuit order, of which he is a part of.

On the lower left hand side is a five-point star, which along with the blue background, symbolizes the Virgin Mary. On the right hand side, is a grape vine symbolizing Jesus as the grower of the Faith.

Beneath the crest is his motto in Latin which means “Lowly and yet chosen,” referring to a passage from the bible of when Jesus chose Mathew as a disciple. Matthew was a tax collector who left behind earthly riches to preach the Gospel.


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