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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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 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.

Cardinal Newman’s legacy shared by Catholics and Anglicans alike


Born during the first half of the 19th century, Newman was baptized in the Church of England and was part of the evangelical movement there until 1845, when he converted to Roman Catholicism.

Over 150 years later, Newman is up for beatification by the Catholic Church. It’s a move that some believe could pave the way for clear and concise dialogue between Anglicans and Catholics.

R. William Franklin, Ph.D.
Professor, Angelicum University (Rome)
It should stress in this beatification his gifts as an Anglican that he brought to the Catholic church, and what those did to further the reconciliation of Christianity.

Father William Franklin is a professor at the Angelicum University in Rome and a Newman Scholar. He says Newman’s influence by and large shaped the mold of both Catholic and Anglican doctrine as we know it today.

R. William Franklin, Ph.D.
Professor, Angelicum University (Rome)

A focus on the church as a divine institution, a focus on bishops as successors of the apostles, a focus of a real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, a focus on the Eucharistic sacrifice. All of these are things which Anglicans hold in common with the catholic church. And one of the reasons we hold them in common is because of the deep influence of Newman.

And it’s this influence that continued to shape Catholic doctrine for years to come.

R. William Franklin, Ph.D.
Professor, Angelicum University (Rome)

Some people say he’s one of the theologians of the 19th century who set the stage for Vatican two.

For example, he wrote a very important short treatise on consulting the laity on the developing role of the laity. This is a very important Anglican principle which he brought into the Catholic Church.

It’s widely expected that Pope Benedict XVI beatify John Henry Newman in England during the spring of 2010. He recently approved the miracle that paves the way for his beatification.