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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 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”.
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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.

Celestine V: the first pope that resigned from Peter’s seat

2009-08-28

Elected pope in 1294, Pietro di Morrone felt obligated to give up his life as a hermit in rural Italy to take on his new pastoral responsibility. It was during this time that he founded the Celestine Order.

After 100 days as pope, he resigned and left Naples, where the papacy was at that time, to go back to the small grotto where used to spend long hours praying.

During these months, he realized he lacked adequate knowledge on world and government affairs, something necessary to be a good pope.

The day after his resignation, Boniface VIII was elected pontiff. He moved the papacy to Rome, but persecuted Celestine and jailed him for resigning as pope. He died in prison in 1296 and was buried in the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio in central Italy.

Last April, Benedict XVI prayed at his tomb during a visit to central Italy when he met with survivors of a strong earthquake that recently shook the area. The earthquake destroyed the Basilica, but Celestine’s tomb and relics remained intact.

During this upcoming Celestine year, those who pray before his tomb will have the possibility of receiving plenary indulgence.

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