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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.
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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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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:

Check out Pope Francis' schedule for Christmas and New Years

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This will be Pope Francis' first Christmas as Pontiff. Even though he doesn't like to stay up late, he will make an exception to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Despite being named the 'midnight' Mass, it will be held at 9:30 p.m, Rome time.

Then on Christmas day, the Pope will give his traditional 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing at noon from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. It's the traditional yearly address to Rome and the world.

Just like his predecessors, on December 31st, at
5 o clock, Pope Francis will preside over the 'Te Deum' prayer
. It will be a way to give thanks to God, for the year's blessings. Then, he will head out to St. Peter's Square where the Nativity scene is placed.

On New Year's Day, January 1st, the Pope is planning on celebrating Mass at 10.00 a.m, at St. Peter's Square to pray for peace.

The last major ceremony of the New Year's will be on Monday January 6th. Pope Francis will celebrate  Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to mark the Feast of Epiphany.


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