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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:

Vatican releases Pope's schedule for Holy Week

2013-03-25

On Holy Thursday, he will celebrate the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. Dozens of cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops, bishops and priests will participate. During the mass, he will bless the oils that will be used all year for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination of Priests, and Anointing of the Sick.

Later that same day, at 5:30PM, the Easter Triduum beings with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, which marks the first Mass in history, the Last Supper. The Pope, in a new and surprising move, opted to celebrate the Mass at the Casa del Marmo Juvenile Detention Center, just outside Rome, a place Benedict XVI had already visited. The Pope will wash the feet of a few of the teens.

On Good Friday, at 5PM he will mark the Passion of the Christ at St. Peter's Basilica.

A few hours later, at 9:15PM, he will travel to the Colosseum to lead the Way of the Cross, the 14 stations reenacting the sentencing to the burial of Jesus Christ. This year's meditations for each station were written by two young people from Lebanon, under the guidance of Lebanese patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai.

For Holy Saturday, Pope Francis will lead a procession at 8:30PM inside St. Peter's Basilica. It will take place in the dark, lit only by one candle at the altar, for the Easter Vigil.

On Sunday morning at 10:15, he will celebrate Easter Mass at St. Peter's Square to mark the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He will end the Holy Week activities by issuing his Urbi et Orbi blessing, his second one as Pope.


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