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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”.

Russian Orthodox parish in Rome reaches final stages of construction


Father Vladimir
Church of St Catherine of Alexandria (Rome)
They came to our liturgies, to our masses in Italian, and they see how we pray.  And also we go to them for their liturgies and also pray.  And also we have, this city of Rome has a lot of saints’ relics, so we also go to pray before these relics and to ask permission from Catholic priests, and they are very friendly to us.  

The Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria has been in development since 1991.  But the idea of building a Russian Orthodox church in Rome goes back to the late 1800’s, when the czar still ruled Russia.   The project was put on hold after the Revolution of 1917, but was revived after the fall of the communist regime, with the blessings of the late Patriarch Alexei II.   

The Russian Orthodox community was also very happy that the Church of St. Nicholas of Bari was returned to them.  There are only a few Russian Orthodox churches throughout Italy.  But the Catholic Church accommodates local Russian Orthodox communities so that they can practice their faith.  

Father Vladimir
Church of St Catherine of Alexandria (Italy)
The Catholic authorities allow our priests to take one chapel for celebrating.  It’s very important for us because we can’t build our churches here. It costs much.  So we are very glad to and appreciate the kindness to us.  

The Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria is in the final stages of construction, and will be consecrated on May 23rd by a church official from Moscow.