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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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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 welcomes leader of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


Pope Francis welcomed the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the leading group in charge of enforcing the worldwide ban on the use of chemical weapons.

The audience between the Pope and Ahmet Üzümcü, from Turkey, lasted a few minutes. The two leaders briefly spoke about the organization's goals. They then exchanged gifts.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was established in 1997, when the treaty from the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into effect. Syria will become the newest member when it ratifies the treaty, leaving only four other countries to sign it: Angola, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan.