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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

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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”.

Vatican asks for help in stopping exodus of Christians from Holy Land

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With these funds, the Catholic Church is hoping to slow the emigration of Christians from this part of the world, so that Jesus’ footsteps don’t become mere archaeology. 

Card. Leonardo Sandri
Prefect Congregation of the Congregation For Oriental Churches

This lack of peace makes Christians emigrate and leave their land behind. So we’re left with a purely geological, physical presence of Jesus, and not with the presence of those that grew with him and lived his faith, and that continue to follow him today like disciples of his very homeland.

The majority of the 130,000 Christians in the Holy Land are Palestinian. The Catholic Church helps them with schools, universities, health centers and even shelter.

Card. Leonardo Sandri
Prefect Congregation of the Congregation For Oriental Churches

It’s an act of the Church by which Christians benefit, but it’s not only them. It’s also Muslims and Palestinians. and the Church, with a generous and fraternal spirit, also opens its doors to brothers and sisters that live in the land of Jesus.

Cardinal Sandri has sent a letter to all the bishops in the world to remind them of the importance of this collection, and to explain how the funds from last year were used.

Card. Leonardo Sandri
Prefect Congregation of the Congregation For Oriental Churches

This collection has an extraordinary purpose done on the day of the death of Christ: That all Christians remember the places he touched, the places he travelled and those we must remember in order to become true disciples of Jesus.

Moreover, Pope Benedict has announced that all Holy Thursday funds will go to the Gaza parish, made up of only a few hundred people who were especially affected by Israeli bombings last December.

Card. Leonardo Sandri
Prefect Congregation of the Congregation For Oriental Churches

They’re coming out of a great tribulation and great suffering, and they live giving a testimony of Jesus Christ amidst a majority of brethren who are Muslim, and to whom we give our testimony of the love of God through our acts and our conduct.

Pope Benedict will not visit Gaza during his trip to the Holy Land in May. However, he has asked to meet with Christians from this region, probably after the mass he will celebrate in Bethlehem, where Catholics and Muslims alike will come together.