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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”.

The situation of Catholics in Africa

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The latest statistics indicate the continent counts on 35 thousand priests, 25 thousand seminaries and 62 thousand consecrated people. In the past 15 years 520 people have died because of religious violence.

One of the main goals the continent must face and one that is being discussed at the synod this month, is to achieve a reconciliation between the people, leading to lasting peace and the fulfillment of justice. This is viewed as the first step to bringing down Africa off the top spot on the poverty statistics. Zambia is the poorest country in the world, where 86 percent of the population has less than what’s necessary to live.

In recent years, the strong presence of China and India along with the consent of local governments has led to very negative consequences for population development.

Another issue that worries the Church and society in Africa include Aids. Once again, the Church stands by its position: the most effective way to curb the number affected is abstinence and fidelity.
For 20 days, 244 members of the Second Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops will address the situation of Africa and its main problems, showing what it can bring the continent, which is much more than the sad figures of hunger.

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