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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

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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:

Boat full of immigrants reaches Italian coast with 30 people killed by asphyxia

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When this ship reached Italian waters, it carried not only dreams and hope, but also death and tragedy. Nearly 600 immigrants packed the feeble boat. It's precarious shell hid a horrifying ordeal. As the ship made the trek across the Mediterranean, 30 people confined to a tiny space within the hull suffocated.

When the Italian Navy reached the boat, they transferred the surviving immigrants to a rescue boat, then to a Navy ship.

They had been drifting along the Strait of Sicily, which separates the Italian island from Tunisian coasts.

In the weekend alone, the Italian military rescued 5,000 immigrants, seeking refuge from war and poverty in Europe. So far this year, patrol crews have rescued some 60,000 people along the Mediterranean. 

Many more have died along the way. The greatest tragedy remains the 360 people that drowned this past October when their boat caught fire an capsized off the coast of Lampedusa. 

Pope Francis himself visited that island, in southern Italy, almost a year ago. He appealed for an end to these tragedies, and so that the world does not remain indifferent. He also honored all the men, women and children that lost their lives to the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean, in search of a better future. 


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