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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.
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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:

Meeting of Popular Movements concludes: “The system puts profits above human beings”


The first World Meeting of Popular Movements promoted by the Pope has concluded. 

The 150 leaders representing marginalized groups from around the world released a final document after three days of dialogue and debates. 

They denounced the so-called "hijacked democracies” as systems that "place profits above human beings.” They also said that "the excluded, the oppressed, and the poor” should have a greater role in politics. 

Using Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium as a foundation, the representatives of the world's poorest groups resolved to work together against the throwaway culture. 

They also spoke on the degradation of environment due to irresponsible exploitation of natural services for money. 

Rural Workers Without Land (Brazil)
"One percent of landowners are owners of half the country. And on the other side, there are 4 million families without land that cannot work because there is no land in such a big country.”

During their meetings, they also confronted questions such as the situation of unjustly paid workers or those without contracts, the homeless and those forced out of their homes

Plataforma Afectados por la Hipoteca (Spain)
"There are cases that have come to a tragic situation, even close to suicide.”

Argentinian Federation of Recyclers (Argentina)
"For us recyclers, the only thing that all countries must do is formally recognize us as workers.”

The participants expressed their commitment in creating a permanent area of dialogue with the Church and to spread two messages: A "Letter from the excluded to the excluded” and the message pronounced by Pope Francis during the meeting.