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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:

UN Syrian Envoy thanks the pope for backing peace negotiations


The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, did not hide his satisfaction after having met the pope.

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"The pope reminded us with this powerful message that the key is not a military solution, nor conquering one part of Aleppo, which does not mean winning the war. It is that in this moment, peace must triumph. With this message, the Holy Father has helped us because we need those who can break this spiral and convey this idea."

The situation in Syria is chilling, and the symbol of the drama is the city of Aleppo, where 350,000 people are trapped between bouts of al-Assad troops and rebels. In the last six days, 99 children have been killed, 203 people have been injured and two hospitals have been bombed. The UN representative said the only alternative is peace.

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"Have you seen the new type of bomb they are launching over Aleppo? It's called 'bunker-booster.' They are bombs used to destroy bunkers where planes and secret weapons are hidden in the wars, but not in a city. Do you realize what kind of weapons they are using right now?"

The UN Envoy is at the Vatican for this meeting, which brings together representatives of humanitarian-aid organizations within the Catholic Church, who are risking their lives to help people in these areas.

Over the past year, they managed to reach nine million people. However help is a temporary solution and they are urgently calling for peace.

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