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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.

Syro-Malankar cardinal elected President of Indian Bishop's Conference


During the biennial plenary for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, members elected Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal as their new president.



Card. Baselios Cleemis is the Major Archbishop of Kerala, and leader of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, one of the Eastern Orthodox Churches in full communion with Rome.



In his four-year term, he will lead the conference, which groups together the bishops from the three Catholic rites in India: Syro-Malankara, Syro-Malabara, and the Roman rite.


Benedict XVI made him cardinal in February of last year. Card. Baselios Cleemis also took part in the conclave to elect Pope Francis.