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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 thanks the Salvation Army and its charitable works


A delegation of the Salvation Army met with Pope Francis in the Vatican. The main goal of this Evangelical organization is to carry out humanitarian work. 

"We are concerned about the ongoing societal evils such as slavery, human trafficking, addiction, the stigmatization of people who suffer with HIV.”

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865. It engages with the Catholic Church through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. As a gift,  members of the delegation gave Pope Francis a book with its history.

"Let me thank you once more for this book.”

In return, the Pope thank them their work with the poor and needy as well as their missionary work of  evangelization.

The delegation gave Pope Francis an annual report of their activities before saying farwell.