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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”.

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”.

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols thanks Anglicans for cooperation


Mons. Vincent Nichols
President, Episcopal Conference of England and Wales
“It is his nobility of spirit that indicates to people what is good about the Ordinariate as a response. And I think we ought to pay attention to the words of Pope Benedict, when he sees in the Ordinariate an opportunity for us two churches to discover in practice what shared patrimony we have.”

It was also recently announced that 50 priests will go to the Catholic Church in 2011, when an Ordinariate will be set up. Between January and June these communities will be created within the Catholic Church after leaving the Anglican Church.

Mons. Vincent Nichols
President, Episcopal Conference of England and Wales
“Sometime in the new year, and the first comparatively small group of communities of Anglicans with their priests will begin to join the Ordinariate in a a process that will take place between January and Pentecost. And then after that we will see.”

Following the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI to allow entry of entire Anglican communities and priests into the Catholic Church, both sides have referenced the Blessed John Henry Newman. This cardinal who was born in 1801, left the Anglican Church when he was 44.

Mons. Vincent Nichols
President, Episcopal Conference of England and Wales
“He took up again with his friends in the church of England, as we do today, that we are friends with fellow bishops in the Church of England and in need together we have a single mission of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus in our country.”

Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman during his recent trip to the UK, at a ceremony in Birmingham which was attended by 70,000 people from England, Scotland and Wales.  The Pope introduced him as one of the leading scholars of his time and an example both for Anglicans to Catholics.