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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”.

Pope explains the purpose of fasting during Lent


Benedict XVI
"Today theChurch celebrates Ash Wednesday, the beginning of her Lenten journeytowards Easter. The Christian life is itself a constant journey ofconversion and renewal in the company of the Lord.”

ThePope recalled that fasting, alms-giving and prayer help to deepenfaith and commit to living the Gospel.

He noted that fastingis not just to deprive yourself but to leada more moderatelife. Heasked everyoneto give alms and do good deeds for others aswell as stressingthe importance ofpiousand intenseprayersduring Lent.

BenedictXVI also said that Lent is a good time to renew the commitments thatare acquiredin Baptism.

Benedict XVI
Aswe accompany the catechumens preparing for Baptism, we open ourhearts anew to the grace of our rebirth in Christ. This spiritualjourney is traditionally marked by the practice of fasting,almsgiving and prayer.”

Forthe pope,Lent is less abouttheobserved laws and precepts andmore about the person coming closer to Christ.

Amongthe 7,000 peoplein the audience was a Germanband thatdedicated a song for their countryman, Benedict XVI.