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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:

The Bad and ugly of 2014

2014-12-28

2014 was a year full of ups and downs. And that same rule applies to the Vatican. Here's a quick list of some of the stories that triggered controversy, or that simply broke people's hearts. 

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
First and foremost, it's persecuted Christians in the Middle East. With the rise of ISIS, hundreds of thousands of Christians were forced to leave their homes, or be killed. Pope Francis often expressed his closeness, calling these Christians an inspiration for the rest of the Christian community. 

POPE FRANCIS 
"You are in the heart of the Church. The Church suffers with you and the Church is proud of you. It's proud to have sons and daughters like you.”


NUNCIO TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 
One of the most shocking stories of 2014, was the case of Jozef Wesolowski. A Vatican nuncio or ambassador in the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing minors. The Vatican launched an investigation in 2013. The former Polish Archbishop, was laicized and is still awaiting trial. In September 2014, he was detained inside Vatican walls, where he remains under house arrest. 

EBOLA
Health alarms sounded in all corners of the world, when the Ebola outbreak became an international concern. The highly contagious disease claimed the lives  thousands of people in Liberia. A few missionaries and health care workers in the U.S and in Europe were also infected. Even though the threat seems to have tamed down on an international scale, the disease is still very much alive in many West African nations. The Pope repeatedly made a call to the international community, to respond appropriately to the crisis. 

HEALTH CONCERNS 
The Pope's health made headlines, when it was reported that he repeatedly canceled several of his appointments. Most notably he canceled a visit to the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, the very day he was scheduled to appear. The Pope didn't make a big deal out of it. He acknowledged that he hadn't been feeling well and jokingly told the press, that he would keep up his workaholic pace, because as he put, he only had a few years left. 

POPE FRANCIS
"One of these neuroses is that I am a bit too attached to my habitat.  (…) I do always take a vacation – really – but in my habitat; I change pace.  I sleep more; I read the things I want; I listen to music; I spend more time praying…  And this makes me relax.”
 
The last time the Pope took a vacation was in 1975 in Argentina. 


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