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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”.

Pope asks Iran to collaborate with international community

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The Pope says the deep spiritual and religious tradition of Iran should lead to deeper cooperation with the rest of the world.

Benedict XVI told the ambassador that believers of all religions must defend and promote fundamental human values. He stressed the freedom of religion and freedom of conscience and suggested there are other areas of collaboration between believers like promoting the culture of life, justice and solidarity.

The pope also recalled that Catholics are present in Iran since the early centuries of Christianity and have always been an important part of the culture of the nation. That’s why Benedict XVI  called on Iranian authorities to ensure freedom of Christians to profess their faith.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has more than 71 million people. According to the government, there are 70,000 Christians in which 17,000 are Catholic. While a certain type of freedom of worship exists in Iran, public expression of Christian faith is prohibited and converting from Islam to Catholicism is illegal.

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