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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 Francis' personality helping improve communication within Church


He has been on the job for six months, but Pope Francis has become a media sensation. His messages and acts are widely publicized. One look at his Twitter accounts will show nearly nine million followers.   

Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications 
"We're very pleased that in Twitter Pope Francis has a very significant following. Even more pleasing for us is that the people who follow Pope Francis take his words and share them with others. So there's a very high and significant rise of re-tweeting his messages. Which means: the simple messages of the Pope, of love, of care, of concern, he is sharing with his followers are in turn brought into a wider public because they're able to share them.” 

Since Francis took on the reins of the Church, interest in the Vatican's activities has gone up. This means that the people in charge of communications within the Vatican have their work cut out for them. 

Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications 
"It's much more to understand that communication today happens in a network way. It's interactive, it's participative. People share, people follow, people like or don't like. And the challenge for the Church is: what does it mean for the Church to begin thinking in our communications in the context of the network?” 

The Plenary Assembly for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications is currently underway. Participants from around the world will debate, analyze and exchange their thoughts on the world of communications. On Saturday, the Pope will welcome them inside the Vatican.