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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

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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.
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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's First Encyclical: Lumen Fidei, an instant hit in downloads and in bookstores

2013-07-23

Pope Francis is topping the charts on the internet and in bookstores. His first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei”, or "The Light of Faith”, has surprised the market since its launch at the beginning of July. On the Amazon website, for example, it features in the top 100 downloads in Spanish and French.     

In Italian bookstores, the book topped the charts right after it was published. That's according to this specialist website, that tracks sales in media products. 

The encyclical is 100 pages long and is an ideal follow-up to those written by Pope Benedict XVI on charity and hope. Pope Francis himself stated that the text was started by his predecessor, and that all he had to do was revise it and make a few personal contributions. The result is a surely historic document, perhaps the only encyclical ever to be written by two Popes.


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