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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.

Pope names Pietro Parolin as Vatican's new Secretary of State


Pope Francis took another important step in his overhaul of the Vatican power structure. He named Pietro Parolin as the Secretary of State, his most important appointment to date in his four month pontificate.  

Just days after his election, the Pope provisionally ratified all appointments to the Roman Curia, including 78-year-old Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as the Secretary of State. Benedict XVI extended the cardinal's mandate on two occasions, and during the Sede Vacante period, Bertone presided over the Vatican's papal transition as Camerlengo.

With this new appointment, the Pope has chosen the person who will become his right-hand man in the challenging task of reforming the Curia and the Catholic Church. 

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