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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:

Pope set to ordain 13 men as deacons during ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica


On Sunday, May 11, Pope Francis will preside over the ceremony to ordain 13 priests as deacons. The celebration will take place at 9:30 a.m., at St. Peter's Basilica. 

The new deacons come from several countries, including Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Vietnam and Pakistan. The priests are between 27 and 42 years old.

The ordination ceremony has become a part of tradition at the Vatican. It started with John Paul II in 1993, and takes place each year, on the fourth Sunday of Easter, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.