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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:

Pope prays before John Paul II tomb on anniversary of his death


The Pope approached the chapel along with Cardinal Comastri, archpriest of the Basilica, and his personal secretary Alfred Xuereb. The Pope knelt and prayed in silence. Afterward, he did the same at the tombs of Blessed John XXIII and Saint Pius X

This visit rounded out the one the Pope did on Monday to the excavations under the Vatican that allowed him to be closer to the remains of St. Peter. A guide explained to him step by step, the evolution of the archeological investigations done during the 20th Century. 

During the special visit, the Pope walked all along the uncovered archeological remains before going to St. Peter's tomb.