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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.

World Refugee Day: 'When they're granted political asylum, the challenge isn't over'


Centro Astalli, President (Italy)
"From finding a place to sleep, somewhere to eat and a place to live with dignity. Even when they're processing or requesting political asylum, the challenge isn't over. It  continues after that.” 

Father Giovanni La Manna is the president of Centro Astalli in Italy, which is one of the most important refugee centers in the country. He says, the issue of immigration and refugees is universal one, but it's often manipulated by politicians. Despite it being a hot button issue, he says, something must be done. 

Centro Astalli, President (Italy)

"In the Italian island of Lampedusa, fishermen refer to an area as a cemetery. When they throw their nets out on the sea, sometimes they find human remains.”

During a panel discussion, he said he finds it ironic that a pair of glasses or merchandise can be easily shipped from one country to another. But when it comes to people, it becomes something extremely complicated.

Centro Astalli, President (Italy)

"People need to understand who these refugees are. Who are these immigrants? At a political level, we need to keep those in charge accountable. The dignity and rights of refugees must be respected.”

To raise awareness, the Jesuit Refugee Service has organized an event in Rome's Chiesa Gesu. There, on the facade of the parish, a digital projection of the refugee experience, will be shown, at night, until June 21st.