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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.
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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.

Boko Haram kidnaps 60 more women and girls in Nigeria

2014-06-24

Notorious terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped another 60 young women and girls from a small town in northern Nigeria. During their latest assault, reports indicate they may have also kidnapped 30 young men and killed others.

The extremist group, linked to Al-Qaeda, mainly operates in the African country's northern region. It aims to impose an Islamic state.

On April 14, its members kidnapped about 270 girls from a largely Christian school. A video, released a few weeks later, showed the girls in headscarves. The group demands a prison exchange in order to set them free.

Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Sheku, appears in the video claiming the girls converted to Islam. Several of the girls escaped and told horrifying stories of their ordeal.

The extremist group also threatened to sell the girls. It's believed some may have already been trafficked in the border areas with Chad and Cameroon.

The Vatican appealed for the girls' release, while the Pope did so through Twitter. Nigerian bishops have criticized authorities for being too passive in allowing the girls to be kidnapped, without leaving a trace.


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