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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.

Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga: Member and coordinator of the Pope's 'G8' Commission


Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will oversee the commission of eight Cardinals that will advise the Pope on reforming the Curia and the governance of the Church.  The Honduran prelate has years of experience, especially when it comes to governance. John Paul II made him Cardinal in 2001, which is the same day Bergoglio was made a Cardinal. 

He worked with the Pope hand in hand many times throughout Latin America. They would see each other during the conferences for the Latin American bishops, and they worked closely when they drafted the so called Aparecida Document in 2007. The Pope continues using this text now. He often gives a copy to each Latin American leader he meets with in Rome.

The task of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga will be to coordinate the group's work, which will revolve around the concerns cardinals raised during the private meetings they held just days before the conclave. It was during those 'general congregation' meetings that the idea to have a reform commission was first raised. 

Pope Francis himself has acknowledged that it was during those general congregation meetings, that cardinals asked for a commission to reform the Roman Curia and the governance of the Church.