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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:

Gregory of Narek, an Armenian, appointed Doctor of the Church

2015-02-23

The Pope will appoint a new Doctor of the Church. It is the 10th century Armenian monk Gregory of Narek. He was a poet, philosopher and theologian.

It is a rare and important gesture. There are 35 other Doctors of the Church, total. Paul VI appointed two, John Paul II just one and Benedict XVI only two.

Doctors of the Church are saints whose teachings are considered valid for Catholics of all time.

Gregory of Narek was born in what is now  Turkey in 950. He died about 60 years later. The monk was passionate about music, astronomy, geometry, mathematics, literature, and theology.

He wrote beautiful comments to the Song of Solomon and his masterpiece is considered to be the 95 prayers from the Book of Lamentations. Many prayers are repeated in the ceremonies of the Armenian Church.

The last proclamation ceremony for new Doctors of the Church was in October 2012. Pope Benedict gave the title to Saint John of Avila and Saint Hildegard of Bingen.


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