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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.

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: When you help the sick, are you afraid to touch them?


Pilgrims filled St. Peter's Square on Sunday for Pope Francis' Angelus prayer. This week, the Pope asked the crowd to reflect on how to help the needy. He said that those who help the poor cannot be afraid to touch them.

"If we are to be imitators of Christ before the poor or the sick, we should not be afraid to look the afflicted person in the eye, and be close to the suffering person with tenderness and compassion.”

Pope Francis said that just as evil is contagious, so is goodness. He added that all Christians are called to be instruments of God's love.

"We must allow good to fill us. Let us be infected by goodness, and let us spread the good contagion.”

The Pope greeted those who attended the Consistory of cardinals and accompanied the new cardinals as they received their new positions.

"I appreciate the presence of official delegations from various countries who were present at this event."

And here is the applause that the 20 new cardinals, coming from 14 different countries, received.