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February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.

Catholicism On The Rise

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The 97th edition of the Yearbook counts 1 billion 147 million Catholics worldwide. That is 16 million more than two years ago.

The greatest increases were in Oceania with 4.7% and in Africa with a 3% increase.

Catholics in Asia rose 1.7% and in Europe 0.8%.


However, in the Americas faithful declined by 0.1%. In spite of the slight decrease the continent still remains as the home of half of the world’s Catholics.

The increase was more evident were Catholics are minorities, like Africa and Asia, than in continents where Catholicism is the established religion like America and Europe.

Clergy is also on the rise. 169 new bishops were ordained in 2008 and priests have increased by around 3.000 in the past 8 years, bringing their number up to 408 thousand, most of the new priests come from Africa and Asia.

A white volume of the Yearbook, or Annuario Pontificio, was presented to Benedict XVI. The original copies are in red and contain the contact information of the entire Catholic Church.

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