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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:

Pope Francis canonizes two Indian saints and asks the country for a “new missionary drive”


On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Eufrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, two new saints from India. During the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis greeted pilgrims from the country, calling it a "great land of faith and religious vocation.”

"Let the Lord grant the Church in India – that is so good! – a new missionary drive so that, inspired by its example of concord and reconciliation, the Christians in India can proceed in the way of solidarity and fraternal coexistence.”

The Pope had also canonized the Italians Giovanni Antonio Farina, Ludovico da Casoria, Nicola da Longobardi and Amato Ronconi. He called upon the Italian people to follow their example and reawaken a spirit of reconciliation and unity for the common good.