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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.

Pope welcomes two new ambassadors: One from Germany, the other from Georgia


Pope Francis welcomed two new Ambassadors to the Vatican. 

From Germany 59 year old Annette Schavan presented her credentials to Pope Francis. She served as a minister of culture under the government of Angela Merkel, but she left in 2013 after being accused of plagiarizing her thesis. 

The second ambassador is Tamar Grdzelidze from Georgia. She has a doctorate degree in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University. She has also authored several books on ecumenism. 

The Holy See and Georgia established diplomatic relations in 1992.