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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.

Helping pregnant women with HIV, so the virus isn't transmitted to their babies


The Community of St. Egidio's DREAM project in her native Mozambique, gave her treatment and medicine. A few months later,  she started feeling better and most importantly, she started having hope.  

DREAM Program Participant

"To have a friendship with people who have the same problem and face the same challenges is even more powerful because you can talk and exchange experiences and this makes a big difference.”

The initiative is part of a much wider goal, called MSD Italy, which can literally mark the difference between life and death. Part of the initiative is giving medication to pregnant women with HIV, so the virus, isn't transmitted to their babies in the womb.

DREAM Program Participant

"It's an effort that has multiplied itself and helped so many people, especially pregnant women.”

The project also tries to reduce the death rate of mothers, who die during or soon after giving birth. It's estimated that about 800 women die from birth complications every day. Most of these deaths are preventable. The main goal is one they share with the United Nations, which is to reduce this mortality rate at least 75 percent by the year 2015.