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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.
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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:

Pope focuses on gender theory in his weekly general audience


In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on the gender theory as he addressed tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.  He stressed that differences between men and women are meant to complement one another and not trigger competition. 

The Pope also said that 'sexual differentiation is not ordered to subordination, but to communion and procreation.' As far as the role of women, he went on to say that 'we sense the responsibility to do more in favor of [them] recognizing the weight and authority of their voices in society and the Church.' 


Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Continuing our catechesis on the family, today we reflect on the complementarity between man and woman.  Scripture tells us that "God created man in his own image… male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27).  
 Man and woman bear the image and likeness of God not only as individuals, but also together.  In God’s plan, sexual differentiation is not ordered to subordination, but to communion and procreation.  

This reciprocity brings harmony and enrichment to the human family.  But it also presents a constant challenge; that men and women learn how to speak to one another, and to respect and love each other.  Nowadays, we sense the responsibility to do more in favour of women, recognizing the weight and authority of their voices in society and the Church.  We must also ask ourselves to what extent society’s loss of faith in God is related to the crisis of that covenant.  The challenge faced by the Church, and by all believers and families, is to rediscover the beauty of God’s plan, the imprint of his image in the covenant between man and woman.