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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.

How Pope John Paul II still influences people throughout the world


Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005 after leading the Catholic Church for more than a quarter of a century. He left an indelible mark on the lives of millions. And ten years after his passing, the Pope still remains on many people's minds.

"Saint Pope John Paul II was a public figure that everyone in the world knew. The love, and the peace, and the image of Catholicism that he portrayed was inspirational.

"I think for my generation the most important thing he did was 'Theology of the Body.' ... And it's just beautiful.”

It is impossible to describe all the ways that Pope John Paul II changed the world. But many of his actions, writings, and programs remain highly relevant today.

He started the World Youth Day tradition in the 1980s. Millions have attended the gatherings. Next year, World Youth Day will be celebrated in Krakow, Poland to honor him.

His 'Evangelium Vitae' encyclical focuses on the importance of life in all stages. It remains highly relevant in today's cultural debates.

The Pope is perhaps most beloved in his home country of Poland, where he is often considered their greatest hero. His 1979 visit to Poland contributed to the downfall of Communism in that country. When more than one million Poles came to see him speak, they chanted "We want God!"

He has also been credited with helping end dictatorships in South America and other parts of Europe. Millions of people may not be living in freedom had it not been for the Polish pontiff.

Pilgrims to St. Peter's Square speak highly of the late Pope. But he is also remembered in countless ways. Many places bear his name throughout the world: schools, hospitals, churches, parks, bridges, and even several airports.

Pope John Paul II remains a popular attraction in Rome. His tomb is one of the most popular destinations for pilgrims at St. Peter's Basilica.