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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”.

German Church sets up sex abuse hotline for victims and offenders

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The telephone line which will be available 3 days a week, will offer free anonymous professional counseling to anyone affected by the crisis.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Cologne in Germany has published a 30 page brochure to give parishioners a first hand take on the situation.

More than 150-thousand copies were printed and handed out to priests, clergy and parishioners last week.

The brochure titled, ‘Incidents of sexual abuse, information and documents’ is available online, and includes a letter from the Archbishop Cardinal Joachim Meisner.

Cardinal Meisner expresses his anger towards sex abuse by members of the clergy.

He says the main concern should be seeking justice for victims. In fact, the brochure also includes information on how victims can report crimes to the archdiocese.

Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to Irish Catholics are also included along with information updating parishioners on old and new cases linked to the archdiocese, some of which are still under investigation.

The officials at the archdiocese say this brochure is an effort to speak directly to Catholics about the situation after they say the media is becoming part of the problem and not reporting all the facts.

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