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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”.

A look at the relationship between the Catholic and the Anglican Church

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As the Anglican Church was born fruit of a schism and not for an heresy, despite they are different both Churches have much more in common than most people might think.

Ecumenical dialogue, though, was put forth for a reason. There are still three main points of contention between Catholics and Anglicans: the ordination of women as priests and bishops, moral issues and the role of the pope in the Church.

Reverend Bill Franklin says about 90% of the divisive issues that came out of the Reformation have been solved. He’s hopeful the other 10% will be too.

Rev. Bill Franklin
Associate Director, American Academy (Rome)

I think eventually they will be solved, I think, just as we’ve solved these other problems. But this work is a work of time. People have to be patient. Friendship is very important. Maintaining good human relations across the borders of the two Churches and not giving up too soon on this ecumenical hope.”

Giving up on positive relations doesn’t look like an option for either Church.

For now, the last chapter is the positive reaction from the Anglican primate to the pope’s decision to create personal ordinariates for welcoming Anglicans to the Catholic Church.  Much more than a positive step forward in for future ecumenical dialogue between the two Churches.

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