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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

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.

Robert Schuman, a European politician that could soon be declared a saint


Even though nowadays,  it seems like religion and politics don't mix, late Robert Schuman was able to successfully balance these two out.  It will soon be 50 years since the Luxembourg politician, known as one of the "European founding fathers” passed away. He pushed for reconciliation and solidarity after World War II, bringinning that message to life. 

PPE Honorary President, Council of Europe
"His figure gives support to everyone who politically speaking supports Christian values, and also European values in this challenging time. But above all, to all those that want to show that Christianity can have a presence in public life.”

Schumann directly suffered the consequences of both World Wars. This experience taught him that avoiding similar conflicts in the future, was essential.  He joined three other politicians, Frenchman Jean Monnet, German Konrad Adenauer and Italian Alcide De Gasperi. Together they founded the European Coal and Steel Community, which would later become the European Union.
Schumann wanted former enemies in Europe to develop stronger ties and common interests, so that the possibility of war could disappear for good.

Even as he promoted peace in a continent ravaged by war, he remained a deeply devout Christian. In 2006, he was declared a "Servant of God,” and his beatification process is still ongoing.

PPE Honorary President, Council of Europe
"They have been working on this for more than 10 years. We hope that the canonization process will end soon. This year could be the year it comes to an end. Along with Schuman, there's another wonderful person of that same time period who  brought peace and growth to the Europe we've come to know. His name is De Gasperi, who's also undergoing the process for canonization.”

Their lives show that politics and holiness are compatible. Schuman and De Gasperi made sure they not only lived out the Gospel as good Christians, but they also made it a point to bring honesty and dignity to a profession that's often tainted by scandal and power.

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