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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

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World Cup for Peace? Vatican launches social media campaign in light of the big match

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Millions of people will be tuning in to see the World Cup final this Sunday, when Argentina faces off against Germany.  In light of the big day, the Vatican is launching a campaign for peace. It hopes a few moments will be set aside,  to remember those who live in war-torn countries. 

The Pontifical Council for Culture is taking to social media to promote the campaign titled
# PAUSEforPeace, as a way to remind everyone about those who face unrest and bloodshed in their countries. 

It's no secret that Pope Francis is a big soccer fan. Most recently the Vatican launched new ways to promote dialogue through sports. In fact, in September an inter-religious soccer match, backed by the Vatican is scheduled. 
 
With the rising power of social media, the Vatican is hoping that this small, but symbolic gesture, will make a difference and at the very least promote a healthy discussion. 


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