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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”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Global campaign to clean the Jordan river

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But today, the Jordan river is contaminated. There are monasteries and churches along its shores. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to be baptized without knowing they are entering risky waters.
 
That’s how Zalul, an Israeli environmental organization, paints the picture of the Jordan today. For ten years, Zahul  has worked to protect Israel’s beaches and rivers. During the Pope’s trip to the Holy Land, they asked him to help turn the Jordan back to its “original biblical beauty.”

According to Zalul, the kibbutz, factories and fish farms are at fault for the current situation of the Jordan. They say that since the construction of a dam in the Sea of Galilee, waterflow has decreased significantly. Along one of its more visited spots, the width of the river has shrunk by 50 %.
 
Zalul has launched a website called savethejordan.org as a platform for their global campaign. The site has detailed information on the Jordan river’s current situation, as well as information on helping the cause. Visitors can also sign the letter to the pope asking for his support.

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