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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

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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.

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

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Pope Francis promotes meeting of movements against social exclusion


From October 27 – 29, more than 100 representatives of movements against social exclusion will meet in Rome. 

They represent farmers who have lost their land, exploited workers, the marginalized and immigrants. These groups say they work for the rights of the most disadvantaged, those lost in a system that no longer cares for the weakest. 

Excluded Workers Movement (Argentina)
"The themes that will be discussed are land, home and work. It's about fighting together and on a global scale to reclaim those three inalienable human rights.”

The meeting was promoted by the Vatican and by Pope Francis, who will be present during the second day of meetings. 

Excluded Workers Movement (Argentina)
"He will actively participate, he will give an address as well as speak to the participants. He has said everything in Evangelii Gaudium, his apostolic exhortation. You don't have to interpret it too much, the message there is very clear. This system will go too far unless you put the brakes on. Human dignity is at risk around the world and many times the poorest sectors, the lowest ones, are the ones that can organize and present an alternative.”

At the end of the meeting, a final declaration will be published and the Popular Movements Council will be established to coordinate their work.

Among the participants of the meeting will be Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, who will not come as Head of State, but rather as representative of the indigenous movement. João Pedro Stedile from the Rural Workers without Land in Brazil Movement will also be present.

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