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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:

Cardinal Rigali turns 80 and Cardinal George passes away

2015-04-21

For the last 70 years, cardinals from the United States have made up about 10 percent of the College of Cardinals. But the demographics of the College are shifting.

Within days, Cardinal Justin Francis Rigali, the former archbishop of St. Louis, turned 80. And Cardinal Francis Eugene George passed away at the age of 78. There are now just nine American cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave.

By next year, another two American cardinals will likely celebrate their 80th birthdays: Roger Mahony and William Levada. The number of Americans cardinals who can vote for the next pope will be reduced to just seven. In the span of just a few years, American representation has sharply decreased.

There are 223 members of the College of Cardinals, and just 120 of them are eligible to vote in a conclave.


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