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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.
Vatican

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 Francis

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:

Swiss Guard: renewal of the world's smallest army

2013-05-04

One by one, the Colonel calls them up to take their oath to become a part of the Pope's personal guard. With one hand on the flag of the Swiss Guard and with the other, they raise three fingers, symbolizing their oath before the Holy Trinity.

This year, 35 new Swiss youths will promise before God to defend the Successor of Peter.

Their commitment to the Guard is between two and a maximum of 25 years. Prospective members must be single, Catholic men, under 30 years of age. They must also be Swiss nationals, measure at least 5'8”, and have some higher education.

Their main task is to guard all access points to the Vatican, the security of the Apostolic Palace, and maintain order during the Pope's public appearances.


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