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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:

Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors: Advocating and Educating for Justice

2015-12-13

Many know Catholic Relief Services from their work around the world delivering relief and services to those in need. But lesser known is the Catholic Relief  Services Student Ambassadors, a vital force in supporting and enhancing the 
mission of CRS in college campuses across the United States. 

MORGAN GRUENEWALD 
President, Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors, Villanova University 
"Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors supports the mission of Catholic Relief Services, which is an international humanitarian and development agency that works in almost 100 countries overseas, focusing on development projects and disaster relief.”

CRS Student Ambassadors, with chapters in over 70 campuses, play a vital role in informing their campus communities about the work of CRS through faith building events, fund-raising, advocacy initiatives, and education of fellow students. 

This past year CRS Student Ambassadors at Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have seen great success with their I Am Climate Change advocacy campaign, inspired by Pope Francis. 

SAJID HOSSAIN 
I am Climate Change Coordinator, CRS Student Ambassadors, Villanova University
"In Laudato si Pope Francis tells us that the United States as well as other developed countries really need to push towards raising awareness for this issue and acting on it very seriously because we are the main contributors to climate change."

"So Pope Francis talks a lot about care for creation but not only that but love for human dignity and Catholic social teaching that really calls us to act on this issue. And because of it we have been doing campaigns during his visit actually were we have been signing letters to support the United Nations Green Climate fund. 

"And throughout we have gotten almost 650 letters signed which is significant because that is a record in our campus program”. 

In addition to their successful I am Climate Change Campaign, for the past three years CRS Ambassadors chapters have been responding to the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis by advocating, fund raising, and hosting prayer vigils on campuses as they try to educate those around them as well as create political change that will help those in need. 

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