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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

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.

List of new cardinals named by Pope Francis


Pope Francis will "create" 20 new cardinals next February 14 at the Vatican. These are their names: 

1 – Dominique Mamberti, Prefect Apostolic Signatura

2 – Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon Portugal

3 – Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, C.M., Archbishop of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia).

4 – John Atcherley Dew, Archbishop of Wellington (New Zealand).

5 – Edoardo Menichelli, Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo (Italy).

6 – Pierre Nguyên Vn Nhon, Archbishop of Hà Nôi (Viêt Nam).

7 – Alberto Suárez Inda, Archbishop of Morelia (Mexico).

8 – Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B., Archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar).

9 – Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij, Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailandia).

10 – Francesco Montenegro, Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy).

11 – Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, S.D.B., Archbishop of Montevideo (Uruguay).

12 – Ricardo Blázquez Pérez, Archbishop of Valladolid (Spagna).

13 – José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán, O.A.R., Bishop of David (Panamá).

14 – Arlindo Gomes Furtado, Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde).

15 – Soane Patita Paini Mafi, Bishop of Tonga (Tonga Islands).

Among Archbishops Emeritus and former papal nuncio: 

1 – José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez, Archbishops Emeritus of Manizales (Colombia).

2 – Luigi De Magistris, Arcivescovo titolare di Nova, Major Pro-Penitentiary Emeritus.

3 – Karl-Joseph Rauber, Apostolic Nuncio 

4 – Luis Héctor Villalba, Archbishops Emeritus of Tucumán (Mexico).

5 – Júlio Duarte Langa, Archbishops Emeritus of Xai-Xai (Mozambique).