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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.
Pope Francis

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 establishes new Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life

2016-08-17

Pope Francis has issued "Sedula Mater,” a motu proprio responding to what he calls "conditions of our time” and the "needs of the universal Church.” In it, he creates a new Dicastery, focusing on the Laity, Family and Life.

The new council will unite and eliminate the current Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family to form the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on September 1. 

The prefect of the new dicastery is Msgr. Kevin Joseph Farrell, who has been serving as the Bishop of Dallas, Texas, since 2007. 

Bishop Farrel, who is originally from Ireland, is 68 years old and was ordained a Legionaries of Christ priest in 1978. Some of his duties in the new position will include executing the April 2016 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia.


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