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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.

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.

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.

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 Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women


Pope Francis held a meeting on May 12, 2016, inside of Paul VI hall with the Plenary Assembly of Superiors General; there he accepted to "set up an official commission that would study the issue” of the Diaconate women, "especially with regard to the early days of the Church.”

According to the Vatican, "after intense prayer and reflection”, the Pope has decided to establish a Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women, appointing as president archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, who is the Secretary of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

He has also named the following as members of the commission:

Sister Nuria Calduch-Benages, Member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Prof. Francesca Cocchini, Professor at the University "La Sapienza" and at the Patristic Institute "Augustinianum"in Rome.

Msgr. Piero Coda, Dean of the University Institute 'Sophia', Loppiano, and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Fr. Robert Dodaro, O.S.A., Dean Patristic Institute "Augustinianum", Rome, and Professor of Pathology.

Fr. Santiago Madrigal Terrazas, S.I., professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University "Comillas" in Madrid.

Sister Mary Melone, S.F.A., rector of the Pontifical University "Antonianum" in

Fr. Karl-Heinz Menke, Emeritus Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Bonn and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Fr. Aimable Musoni, S.D.B., professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University
Salesian University in Rome.

Fr. Bernard Pottier, S.I., Professor at the '' Institut d'Etudes théologiques', Brussels, and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Prof. Marianne Schlosser, Professor of Spiritual Theology at the University of Vienna and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Prof. Michelina Tenace, Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical University Gregorian University in Rome.

Prof. Phyllis Zagano, Professor at the Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.