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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.

King of Lesotho gives Pope three African tapestries


The king of Lesotho, Letsie III is the first African monarch to visit Pope Francis. He was welcomed to the Vatican, along with his wife, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso. 

During their brief meeting, they talked about the importance of religious freedom. They also discussed issues like education and health care

As a gift, the king gave the Pope three tapestries from his land. 

-"They are from Lesotho. I hope you can find a suitable place in the Vatican.” 
-"Yes, they will have a good place here.” 

Pope Francis gave the royal couple rosaries and a medal from his pontificate. As usual, he asked for their prayers.