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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.
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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:

Forty one existing laws in Europe discriminate against Christians


Even with a majority Christian population, there are still laws in Europe that discriminate against them. That's the conclusion from several experts and ambassadors to the Holy See.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
"Now we see the ongoing and  growing phenomenon of discrimination against Christians.”

Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians
"We don't use the term persecution. We call it discrimination, if it's about legal restrictions affecting Christians.”

In its last report, the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians tallied 41 discriminatory laws among 15 European countries. It also counted 169 cases of intolerance against Christians in the wider European Union.

The report cites as an example the lack of legal protections for pharmacists that refuse to sell contraceptives. Or also, public employees that consciously object to registering same-sex weddings.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
"Seventy six percent of Europeans consider themselves Christians. It means that we should try, just to convert this phenomenon.”

Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians
"Christians should not think that only the bishops have the role to defend moral and natural law in the public debate. Every Christian can contribute.”

To correct the issue, experts said there needs to be a change in attitude. Christians need to lose their fear of standing up for what they believe in, they added, using all lawful means at their disposal. But these experts also urged people to be more open to dialogue. According to them, Christian beliefs must not be imposed on others, but rather passed on and developed.