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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.

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.

Pope calls for peace in Venezuela and dialogue 'based on truth'



"I follow closely what is happening in Venezuela. The accompanied with deep concern, with intense prayer and hoping they find and they are just and peaceful way to overcome serious difficulties when the country is going through. I invite the dear people of Venezuela, and in particular how institutional and policy makers to reject strongly any violence and establish a dialogue based on truth, mutual recognition and the common good and the love of nation.” 

Soon after the Pope's statement, both President-elect Nicolas Maduro, and the opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, thanked the Pope's words. 

Declared winner Maduro sent out this message on Twitter: 

"I agree Pope Francis. I am concerned about intolerance, hatred and violence that generated dead and wounded. With you, Pope, we invoke Christ the Redeemer and St. Francis of Assisi to, with your blessings, protect the people and make peace. Peace.” 

Henrique Capriles, leader of the opposition party, said that he would only recognize Maduro's election after a recount. He also responded to the Pope through social networks. 

"Millions of thanks to Pope Francis for his mention of our Venezuela and the search for solutions on the basis of truth.” 

Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa thanked the Pope for prayers for Venezuela and stated that "the episcopal conference is willing to serve as a mediator to promote dialogue.”