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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 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”.

Religion can play role in immigraton issue, Cardinal Says


Although it is not always easy, a new book by Paolo Gomarasca of the University of the Sacred Heart of Milan says that it is part of the human experience. Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Patriarch of Venice, was present for the book’s release and notes a positive historical example.    

Card. Angelo Scola
Patriarch of Venice

Within this process, it is important to take into account the great history, especially that of Latin America, and Mexico in particular, which in its own way shows positive results of the mixing process.    

Immigration and integration are hot button issues in many parts of the world, including the United States and Europe. But cardinal Scola says that religions can be a positive influence in easing the process.  

Card. Angelo Scola
Patriarch of Venice

Every religion recognizes that God guides history, and must look to God to help all of humanity to obey this design of mixing that does not escape the hands of God.  With regard to Christians, we are the followers of one who was the living personal truth, and gave his life for the good of all of humanity, and so we are called to encourage others to adopt the style of Jesus.   

But religion alone is not the solution.  Religious and secular authorities must assume responsibility of what is required of them in their areas of expertise, and work together for the common good.   

Card. Angelo Scola
Patriarch of Venice

It is very important to distinguish which task is the responsibility of religions and which is the responsibility of the state and political authorities. They have tasks that are very different. Whoever has political responsibility must build an effective peace, founded on the new world order which we all need.   

According to the most recent data from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 31.7 million refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, and stateless persons in their care around the world in 2007.  The majority of them came from Africa and Asia.