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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:

When will the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux be canonized?

2015-06-27

There will soon be another two saints in the Catholic Church. On Saturday June 27th, Pope Francis is expected to announce the exact date when the parents of St.Therese of Lisieux will be canonized

Blessed Louis and Marie Guerin Martin were beatified back in 2008. Their canonization will take place during the Synod on the Family. The Pope's official calendar states that on October 18th, there will be a canonization. But he still needs to make it official with an announcement. 

They are believed to be the first married couple to be raised to the altars, together, during the same ceremony.  The fact that they will be canonized during the Synod of the Family, is a way to highlight the key role parents play in transmitting the faith to their children. 

The couple was married in France back in 1858. They had nine children, but four of them died. The other five entered religious life, including of course St. Therese of Lisieux, commonly referred to as the Little Flower. 

Pope Francis has a special devotion towards St. Therese. So much so that he has publicly acknowledged that he often pray to Therese, asking for her to not necessarily solve his problems, but to help him accept them. 

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