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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.

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 authorizes new decrees of heroic virtues for four potential saints


Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree of heroic virtues to four people, who are being investigated by the Church for possible sainthood.

The decrees were given to the following "Servants of God:”

-Luis Zambrano Blanco, a Spanish priest and founder of the Hogar de Nazareth Secular Institute.

-Tiburcio Arnáiz Muñoz, a Spanish priest from the Society of Jesus.

-Maria Teresa Spinelli, Italian founder of the Congregation of Augustinian Sisters, Servants of Jesus and Mary.

-Maria Costanza Panas, an Italian member of the Capuchin Poor Clares of the Monastery of Fabriano.