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

February 15, 2017. On April 29, 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”.
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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.

Vatican Sponsors Conference On Evolution

2009-04-02

A five day international conference is set to take place the first week of March, where evolution and creationism will take center stage.


Prof D. Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti
Universidad Pontificia de la Santa Cruz
From the perspective of Christian theology, biological evolution and creation are by no means mutually exclusive. If we talk about evolution in a broad sense, not as an evolutionary mechanism but as a process of organization  whereby human life is formed, then at its very root, evolution is the way in which God creates.


While the church does not entirely reject the idea of human evolution as a species, Pope John Paul II drew the line at the soul, condemning any teaching that suggest that the spirit is product of living matter.

Though theology and science have long been at odds on different issues, the church says historically that hasn’t always been the case.


Prof D. Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti
Universidad Pontificia de la Santa Cruz
In Italy, all the astronomical observatories were established or directed in the very beginning by priests, by religious men, by people involved in church institutions.


The last two popes have tried to do away with the idea that faith and science are exclusive of one another, a debate that’s still taking place in the Vatican.

Theologians and scientists are hoping this kind of direct dialogue will help build bridges between both schools of thought.

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