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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:

Padre Pio's remains will be venerated in St. Peter's Basilica for the first time

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In accordance with Pope Francis' wishes, the remains of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, commonly known as the Padre Pio, will be exhibited in St. Peter's Basilica for the first time. The veneration will last from February 5th to 11th, 2016, during the Holy Year of Mercy.

The information came from the Convent Sanctuary of Saint Pio's website. His body will be exhibited during Ash Wednesday, which is February 10th. The entire world will be invited to become "missionaries of mercy” on that day.

Padre Pio had a reputation as a great confessor. He personally knew Pope John Paul II, years before he became Pope. The same pontiff canonized Pio years later during a crowded ceremony in Saint Peter's Square, on June 16, 2002.

Pope Francis announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy on his second anniversary as Pope, March 13th. The news came during a penitential ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica. It will be a year of extraordinary importance for Catholics. The Pope said that the Church must "rediscover” the mercy of God during the special time.


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