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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”.

Pope calls for strong and concrete initiatives against racism

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Benedict XVI
“I offer my sincere hope that the delegates attending the conference in Geneva work together in a spirit of dialogue and mutual acceptance, to put an end to all forms of racism, discrimination and intolerance.”
 
Sadly, not all share the Pope’s support.  Several countries including Israel, the United States, Germany and Italy have boycotted the conference. Those countries deem as "unacceptable" the working documents that say Zionism is a racist ideology and fear that the meeting will become a "case against Israel." Moreover, they are critical of the participation of Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Vatican representative said the conference is crucial to combat discrimination, and that not going is the same as remaining indifferent to the problem.

The Pope used the Regina Coeli prayer to thank everyone for the warm wishes that he has received for his birthday and for the fourth anniversary of his election as Pope.

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