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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.

Pope Francis: We must find a “negotiated solution” for Iraq and Syria


Pope Francis remembered all those who suffer persecution in Syria and Iraq, especially  Christians and other religious minorities.

He said that a "negotiated solution” must be found for both countries, and called on Christians to promote peace and justice.

The Pope made this remarks in his address to the members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. 

"I pray often for Christians in the Middle East. Especially for those in Egypt, who are under attack since yesterday.”

During their meeting, the Pope was warmly greeted by the participants. They even gave him an icon of the Holy Family and another that depicted the Holy Spirit.