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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.
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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 Popes and U.S. Presidents collide

2015-09-14

Although the White House is more than 200 years old, just two Popes have ever stepped foot inside. When Pope Francis visits Washington, he'll become the third

The first sitting U.S. President to meet a reigning Pope was Woodrow Wilson. He saw Pope Benedict XV at Vatican City in 1919. It wasn't until forty years later that another meeting like it would happen. In 1959, Pope John XXIII and President Dwight Eisenhower met.

However, the meetings have since become a tradition. Almost every president since Eisenhower has held multiple meetings with the leader of the Catholic Church.

John F. Kennedy, the only Catholic president, visited Pope Paul VI at Vatican City. Two years later, the same Pope became the first one to visit the United States. While there, he met with JFK's successor, Lyndon B. Johnson in New York.

Pope John Paul II revolutionized the relationship between the U.S. and the Vatican. Formal relations were established during the Reagan administration, and he had 15 meetings with Presidents. 

The Polish pontiff was also the first one to visit the White House, when he met with President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

Pope Benedict XVI famously celebrated his birthday at the White House in 2008. He took in a classical music performance and was given a special cake by President George W. Bush.

Bush's successor, Barack Obama, has only met Pope Francis once. But he has spoken highly of him several times, and the two will deepen their relationship when they have an intimate meeting inside the Oval Office.


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