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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.

Pope Francis: Environmental encyclical “is aimed at everyone”


Pope Francis said after the Angelus prayer that his encyclical, which will be released on Thursday June 18th, is meant for everyone and that the world must treat the environment more responsibly. 

"To accompany this encyclical, I invite renewed attention to environmental degradation and to the need to recover our own territory. This encyclical is aimed at everyone. Let us pray that all may receive its message and grow in responsibility toward the common house that God has entrusted to us at all.”

Just moments before saying that the encyclical was meant for everyone, the Pope reflected on the Gospel. He said that small actions can create great change in the world.

"Our modest work, seemingly small, given the complexity of the problems of the world, with God included does not seem so difficult. The victory of the Lord is sure: His love will sprout and will grow every seed of goodness on Earth. This opens us to trust and hope, despite the tragedies, injustices, and suffering that we encounter. The seed of goodness and peace sprouts and grows, because it matures through the merciful love of God.”

The world is a gift from God, the Pope added, and people must work together within it. He encouraged everyone to carry a pocket-sized Gospel with them and to read it daily

Sunday was World Blood Donor Day, and the Pope recognized the occasion after the Angelus prayer. He expressed appreciation to donors and encouraged young people to donate blood as well.