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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:

California surfers get an “awesome” autograph on their surfboard from the Pope

2016-06-12

This is the most valuable autograph that these two California surfers, Sean and Daniel, have in their possession. They both spearhead an organization that is allowing the rescue of many young people escaping war and poverty in Liberia.

SEAN BRODY
Surfer
"It's incredible. It's beyond what we could have imagined. To be honest when we first were asked to come here, we thought it was some sort of trick, and the more we learned. Now we´re here and it´s surpassed all of our expectations”.

Their initiative, Surf Resource Liberia, has joined Pope Francis' Scholas educational project. Both of them traveled to Rome for the closing of the Sixth World Congress.

In the short time they were at the Vatican, they could see the scope of this initiative that has brought together various sports and film stars on an international level. 

DANIEL HOPKINS
Surfer
"I think it went really well. I think ultimately it´s going to be a huge milestone for the global surf community to have this opportunity to have Pope  Francis to acknowledge the sport as a bridge towards peace and towards cultural interaction.”

The Scholas project is starting to emerge on a worldwide scale as the Pope's goal is aimed at using sport as a tool for transmitting values.

On several occasions, Pope Francis has underlined the importance of sports with its ability to train young people on values such as teamwork and overcoming difficulties.

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