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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”.

23 missionaries murdered during 2010

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TheBrazilian priest Ruben Almeida Gonsálves was alsokilled by a manon May 20 afterthe priest refused torent the halls of his church.

Thepriests Wasim Sabieh and Thaier Saad Abdal died in theOctober 31 attack onthe Syrian Catholic Cathedral of Baghdad. They died whiletrying to protect localfamiliesand children from their attackers.

Thelast one killed for religious reasonsis ChristianBakulene who wasmurdered in the Democratic Republic of theCongo just for beinga priest.

The other 18 died duringrobberies or acts of vengeance.


The country withthe most murdered missionaries this year was in Brazilwith 5 murders,followed by Colombia with three, and thenMexico, China, Congo and Iraq, eachwith two.


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