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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.
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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.

Hundreds of migrants are feared dead, as boat capsizes in the Mediterranean

2015-08-06

Hundreds of migrants who were trying to reach Italy are feared dead. 

According to the latest reports, a boat carrying 700 immigrants took off from Libya and was making its way through the Mediterranean. 

The boat was unstable. Rescue teams were called in, but in their desperation, it seems too many migrants rushed to one corner of the boat, which led the vessel to capsize. 

About 300 people were rescued on Wednesday August 5th,  but the next morning, rescue teams were still trying to find hundreds of possible survivors. 

Pope Francis has constantly reiterated the need for the international community to help manage this immigration crisis and prevent deaths. 

In 2015 alone, an estimated 2,000 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean. It's an increase when compared to last year, when an estimated 1,607 migrants were reported dead. 

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