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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”.

Brief Biography of Pope Benedict XVI: the life of Joseph Ratzinger

2010-04-16

When he was 12 years old, he entered the Freising Seminary in Munich. But his studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps during the last months of World War II.

After the war ended, Joseph returned to the seminary and on June 29, 1951, he was ordained a priest.

He was a professor of theology at universities in Bonn, Munster, Tubingen and Regensburg and participated in the Second Vatican Council as adviser to Cardinal Frings of Cologne.

In 1977 Pablo VI asked Joseph to give up the classroom and named him archbishop of Munich. Months later, he became a cardinal. In 1978, he took part in both conclaves that elected Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II. John Paul II elected him Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and was later named cardinal bishop.

At age 78, he was elected Bishop of Rome by papal conclave on April 19, 2005.

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