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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.

Year in Review-March: Pope meets with Chief Rabbi of Israel

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Benedict XVI
"The Church recognizes that the beginnings of her faith are foundin the historical divine intervention in the life of the Jewish people."

Also, scholars from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and scholars fromthe Vatican met in Israel to evaluate research on Pope Pius XII’s roleduring World War II and the Holocaust.
 

Archbishop Antonio Franco
Nuncio to the Holy Land

"For the Shoah, for the memory, to keep the memory, and to learn fromthe memory, the Catholic Church, I think, is the best partner, the bestally, of Yad Vashem."

But one of the highlights of March was the pope’s first trip to Africa. Benedict XVI visited Cameroon and Angola.

In Cameroon he visited a hospital. The pope said he prays for thevictims of violence, wars, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, the mostlife-threatening issues plaguing the African continent.

Later, he called on tens of thousands of people at the soccer stadiumin Yaounde to reject the tyranny of materialism and recognize the TrueAuthor of Life.

Benedict XVI
"Brothers and sisters in Cameroon and throughout Africa, you whohave received from God so many human virtues, take care of your souls!Do not let yourselves be captivated by selfish illusions and falseideals!"

Then he travelled to Angola where he celebrated mass with more than one million people.
The pope spoke against violence produced by the belief in witchcraftand urged Christians to live in peace with those who practice it buthelp convert them as well.

He also reflected on the scars left by constant wars in Africa and themany victims claimed in Angola, one of the continent’s most land minedcountries

Benedict XVI
"We think of the evil of war, the murderous fruits of tribalism andethnic rivalry, the greed which corrupts men’s hearts, enslaves thepoor, and robs future generations of the resources they need to createa more equitable and just society."

With his visit, the pope celebrated with Angolans 500 years of Christianity in their country.

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