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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”.

John Paul II, Alive in Memory

2009-04-06

That same day in 2005… the atmosphere had been particularly somber.

At the same window from which John Paul had shared his suffering with the world, Pope Benedict XVI recited the rosary at 9.37pm...the exact moment his predecessor passed away.

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One year has gone by, but his memory remains very much alive in our hearts and minds.

Twelve months since his death, over a million people have visited John Paul’s tomb:

“I felt the presence of a saint who has helped people immensely.”

Young people in St Peter’s Square looked back with affection at everything the late Pope did for them…

“John Paul II had a special place in the hearts of youngsters around the world.”

On April 3rd, Benedict XVI celebrated a memorial Mass, inviting people to embrace John Paul’s spiritual legacy…

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“Let us remember his tireless calls for us to cooperate in making humanity ever more fair and generous.”

In Rome’s Basilica of St John Lateran, prayers ended with the first step in the beatification process of John Paul II.

The Vatican has yet to confirm a miracle on his behalf, but for the faithful marking the anniversary of the late pontiff’s death, the beatification process is superfluous: for them, John Paul II is already a saint.