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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

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”.

The government of the Order of Malta will elect in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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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”.

Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Congo's Forgotten War


The Lords Resistance Army, led by self-proclaimed prophet Joseph Kony, massacred 400 people during a Christmas celebration in a church. Many children have been kidnapped and then trained as child soldiers. Other attacks in January raised the death toll to 620 and more than 100,000 people have been displaced in the lawless region.

Patrick Nicholson
Caritas Internationalis
We really need to see the government of Congo and the International community bring peace there, so we can start rehabilitating the communities providing counselling and putting some of the child soldiers back into their homes, uniting them with their families.

Caritas Internationalis has launched an appeal for 500,000 dollars in aid to the region. They are currently helping at least 60,000 people in the Congo with basic needs and have set up several programs to rehabilitate child soldiers.

Patrick Nicholson
Caritas Internationalis
The way of training these children is to often make them kill their own family members, use drugs and brainwash them. So reintegrating an 8 year old who has been through that is a very difficult and slow process and a delicate one.

Caritas also hopes the international community pays more attention to the delicate situation in many Sub-Saharan African countries. The upcoming Papal visit to Africa is bringing much needed positive attention to the continent.

Patrick Nicholson
Caritas Internationalis

Hopefully it will be a year for Africa and the Catholic Church through the Synod meeting, SECAM and the Popes trip to Africa and hopefully what will be put in the spotlight is the extraordinary work church staff are doing on the ground in Africa.

Meanwhile the Lords Resistance Army is still at large in the Congo after Ugandan armies pushed them out of their base settlements. The cult-like rebel group is one of the most feared in Uganda and is now gaining that same reputation in Congo.