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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.
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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.

Society of Jesus: largest Catholic order in the world

2013-03-23

Another highlight in their work is their vocation to go to the borders, where the Gospel is not  yet known. For this reason, their missions take them far away places like China. The Jesuit order also runs 231 universities in 69 countries, and a large number of education centers across the globe.

Jesuits must get a civilian degree before getting ordained a priest. They must also take courses in philosophy and theology. In all, they must study for about 12 years before becoming priests.

They currently have 18,000 members, making them the largest Catholic order. Throughout their 600-year history, 51 Jesuits have been declared saints, and there are also dozens on the way to sainthood as well.


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