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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:

January 2014: From the Sistine Chapel to an exclusive celebration with Benedict XVI

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2014 started off with the Baptism of 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel.  It's part of a Vatican tradition, but it marked the first time Pope Francis, held such celebration. He highlighted that passing on the faith to one's children is not only a gift, but a responsibility. 

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 "You are transmitters of faith. You have the responsibility of passing on the faith to your children.” 

The Pope also blessed 174 families from the Neocatechumenal Way who decided to leave everything behind and become missionaries in Asia or Africa. 

The tension and violence in Ukraine was raising and the Pope time and time again, called for peace. 

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"I'm united in prayer with Ukraine, in particular for those who have lost their lives during the violence of the past days, and for their families.”

This same month, a report confirmed that between 2011 and 2012, about 400 priests were defrocked or removed from the priesthood for cases of sexual abuse. It happened under the orders of then Pope, Benedict XVI

The Pope Emeritus got to celebrate his brother's 90th birthday in the Vatican. There musicians performed for Georg Ratzinger in an exclusive celebration. It marked one of the few occasions when Benedict XVI was seen publicly. 

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"One of the things I noticed about him was that he seemed less frail, that before he resigned. It's almost as if weight of the Catholic Church was finally off his shoulders, although he constantly prays for the Church.”

Modern art, like this, also came to light in the month of January. Residents who live just steps away from the Vatican, woke up to this drawing of a 'super hero' along one of the main streets of the neighborhood. The Super Pope, was made overnight by a local artist. The image quickly made its way around the globe. 

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