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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.
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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:

What does Spain think about the Catholic Church?

2014-06-25

Six out of ten Spaniards believe that the Catholic Church carries out its mission well. That's according to a survey done by the Carmen de Noriega Foundation. 

A total of 1,200 people were asked  a series of questions about the Church in Spain and religious practice in general. More than 62 percent identified as Catholic, yet only one in four said they go to Mass every week. 

When it comes to choosing a parish, the study says that eight out of every ten people look at the quality of homilies at the top of their criteria. Knowing the priest is also important. 

The majority, about 62 percent, says it respects the work the Church carries out in the country, especially when it comes to helping the needy. Culturally speaking, they also believe that the Church plays a key role in preserving its heritage. 

The survey also points out that six out of ten people believe that the media doesn't represent the Church accurately, noting that it focuses on stereotypes and only covers the negative. 

But the study also points out that the Church needs to do a better job in the way it communicates its core message and its work. 


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