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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.
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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.
Vatican

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.
Pope Francis

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:

UN committee calls on Vatican to take clearer steps against sex abuse, to change Catholic doctrine

2014-02-05

The U.N. Committee for the Protection of the Child issued its conclusions to the Vatican report tackling sex abuse cases. The report asks the Holy See to take a tougher stance and clearer steps on the issue. But the commission undermined its efforts by asking the Vatican to reverse its teachings on abortion or homosexuality; something not likely to happen.

Another sore point is the committee's listed concern that, despite its influence within Catholic families, the Holy See has not adopted any global measures to prevent violence within families.

On the topic of sexual abuse, the U.N.-sanctioned committee cited many of the cases already made public, which lead John Paul II and Benedict XVI to strengthen efforts to protect minors.

In response, the Holy See issued a statement noting that they will review the report, but "regret to see in some points of the Concluding Observations an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom.”

On the plus side, the committee welcomed the decision by Pope Francis to create a special commission to deal with sexual abuse cases at the hands of clergy, to work with local authorities to prosecute offenders, and to help victims.


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