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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.

New Director, New Themes For WYD


Now the French priest will have a key role in planning World Youth Days for the years to come. The themes for the next three years have already been chosen.

Eric Jacquinet
Youth Section Director, Pontifical Council for Laity
In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the theme of hope. ...we have set our hope on the living God... from the first letter to Timotheus by St. Paul. He chose it because of the year of St Paul, but also because it deals with hope.

Hope and Faith are also the topic for future World Youth Days. The Pope will go to Madrid, Spain for World Youth Day in 2011. The theme for that year will be Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith, a firmness in faith Pope John Paul II initiated.

Eric Jacquinet
Youth Section Director, Pontifical Council for Laity

For more than 20 years the Church is particularly attentive to the young. Here in Rome, Pope John Paul II began a new pontifical pastoral for youth. The fact that the Pope addressed the youth, met with them and wanted to meet with them, was totally new.

Jacquinet agrees that the importance of young people in the Church is the hope they bring with their youth.

Eric Jacquinet
Youth Section Director, Pontifical Council for Laity
The Second Vatican Council already explained that the Church must receive youths, because youths are bearers of hope. John Paul II explained that the peculiarity of youth is in their hope, and in their projects. They build their life, they suffer for having a job, form their families, get married and have hope. So, youths need the help from the Church to build this hope.

Hope lies in the expectations for the next major World Youth Day celebration in Madrid. Since Cologne 2005 and Sydney 2008, the high tech, highly attended gathering will have to step it up a notch in 2011 to reach the hopes of an even higher demanding crowd of youths.