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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”.

150th anniversary of the death of the Cure of Ars, Saint John Vianney


Before he died he received some 100,000 people a year in confession. In 1925, Pius XI proclaimed him saint, and 150 years after his death, Benedict XVI cites his life as an example for celebrating the Year for Priests.

Mons. Louis Menvielle
Congregation for the Clergy

“He did exactly what a priest is supposed to do for the world: he preached, taught the Gospel and never got tired of talking about God. He tried to be a saint, he celebrated Mass, prayed, confessed, and looked for people to participate in the sacraments of the Church.”

Saint John Vianney is known for the hours he spend in the confessional and for his homilies. But he also helped the poorest of the poor.

Mons. Louis Menvielle
Congregation for the Clergy

 “He tried to obtain money by any means to give it to the poor. That’s why he sold everything he had. He sold his clothes, even though he could’ve kept it. He even sold his teeth. He sold five teeth for five Franks each.”

Just as he was being accepted by the people who at first rejected him, and when hundreds of people started travelled to Ars to hear him, he came across another obstacle. This time it was the devil. At night his bed shook to the tune of a great clamor that would not let him sleep.

Mons. Louis Menvielle
Congregation for the Clergy

“When these noises would start at night, he actually became happy because he would say, ‘it’s nothing, it’s just the devil letting me know that tomorrow a sinner will come to confession.’”

Few could’ve imagined that the youngest and least prepared seminarian, the priest from a small town in France, would become an example to all the priests of the world.