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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”.

Third Anniversary of Chiara Lubich's departure, Founder of Focolare Movement


Although her family fled to the mountains, she decided to stay in town to help victims cope with the terrible consequences of the war. She worked to bring unity and brotherhood to all people, which became the charism she promoted the rest of her life.

In 1991 in Brazil, impacted by the social conflict and misery of the “favelas,” Chiara launched the “Economy of Communion,” a project based on solidarity in which a portion of the proceeds is given to the poor. Currently, there are 700 companies that follow this philosophy.

From 1997 to 1998, Chiara worked especially hard to promote interfaith dialogue. She was invited to speak during this time about her charism to 800 Buddhist monks in Thailand, in New York to 3,000 Muslims at a Harlem mosque, and in Buenos Aires to a Jewish community. 

Chiara Lubich died on March 14, 2008, in Rocca di Papa, near Rome. Today, the Focolare Movement has 140,000 members and has over 2 million friends in 182 countries.