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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.

Vatican says it was not informed on time about the sexual abuse cases in Milwaukee

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According to the Vatican none of the bishops from that diocese informed the Vatican during that time period about Father Lawrence Murphy, who was accused of molesting 200 deaf boys.

It wasn’t until 22 years later, that the archbishop of Milwaukee, Rembert Weakland wrote to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was under then Cardinal Ratzinger authority. Archbishop Weakland, reported the cases because they involved violation of the sacrament of confession. In other words, Father Lawrence was asking for sexual favors from victims in confessionals.

The Vatican says that it had only learned about these cases 22 years after they occurred.

Many of the victims say civil authorities and prosecutors also ignored their cases and although some of them were investigated, others were put on the back burner.
The Vatican says this is a tragic case, especially because it involved so many vulnerable deaf children at a boarding school.


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