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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:

How to see the Vatican from anywhere in the World


Pope John Paul II sent the first papal email. Pope Benedict XVI was the first pope with a Twitter account. And Pope Francis started Scholas Labs. The Vatican has been using the Internet to connect with the Church's peripheries for years.

And one of the lesser known services it offers are webcams. The Holy See has set up cameras at key spots throughout Vatican City.

Views include:

- The Dome of St. Peter's Basilica, as seen from the Vatican Gardens.
- St. Peter's Square, as seen from the Colonnades.
- St. Peter's Square and the city of Rome, as seen from the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica.
- The Tomb of Saint Pope John Paul II, in the grottoes of St. Peter's Basilica.
- The Governorate Palace, as seen from the Dome of St. Peter's Square.
- Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence.

The webcams can be viewed anytime at vaticanstate.va 

While these views aren't a substitute for an actual visit to Rome, they are a nice way to just check in and see what's happening around some of the Catholicism's most famous sites.