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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.

Cardinal William Wakefield Baum passes away

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Cardinal William Wakefield Baum passed away on July 23rd. He was the longest serving American cardinal in history and Archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980. 

Baum was born in Dallas, Texas in 1926. He was ordained a priest 24 years later and became a bishop at age 43. 

After being appointed a cardinal in 1976, Baum went on to participate in the conclaves that elected Pope John Paul, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI. 

In addition to his work as Archbishop of Washington, he also spent a decade in the Roman Curia. He served as Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education from 1980 to 1990.

Baum may best be known for his longevity: He served as a cardinal for 39 years. No one else from the United States has matched that.

Initial reports indicate that Baum died after suffering from a prolonged illness

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