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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:

Pope Agenda: Sarkozy, dukes of Luxembourg and ceremonies of Holy Week

2016-03-21

For the Pope, Holy Week begins with a Monday full of meetings. He will meet with the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and his family, and also with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni.

His next big event is on Wednesday in St. Peter's Square for the general audience.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis celebrates Chrism Mass in the Vatican at 9:30 am. In the afternoon, he will visit refugees and migrants. He will celebrate with them the Mass of the Easter Triduum and according to the traditional rite, will wash the feet of 12 of them. In previous years, on the same day he visited a juvenile prison, a nursing home and a Roman prison in Rebbibia.

On Good Friday, in addition to presiding over the liturgical celebration in St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope will then go to the monumental Colosseum of Rome to pray the Via Crucis at dusk.

On Saturday, the Easter Vigil begins at 8:30 pm, local Rome time. On Sunday, Pope Francis will celebrate Easter Mass at 10:15 am and will conclude the Holy Week with his Easter message and Urbi et Orbi blessing.


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