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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Life of Pope John Paul II

2011-04-27

Early on,  Karol Wojtyla endured many challenges in life,  including the death of his mother Emilia when he was just 8 years old. He then grew close to his older brother, Edmund. But when Karol was 12,  his brother passed away. Another sister, Olga, died in infancy, before his birth.

After finishing high school, he enrolled at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow to study Polish philology. He also enrolled in acting school.  But World War II and the Nazi occupation would change his plans.

To earn a living, he started working at a stone quarry when he was 19 years old. He then went on to work at a chemical factory to avoid deportation to Germany. Three years later, he decided to join an underground seminary organized by the bishop of Krakow, Cardinal Sapieha. For years, his studies were done in secrecy.

He was ordained on  November 1, 1946, while a few friends and family members looked on. It was a journey that gave him a deeper understanding of faith and life. Throughout the years, Karol Wojtyla kept  his interest in literature and theatre.

He will always be remember for his commitment to follow Christ, his love and respect  for every person and his dedication to children, youth and the underprivileged.


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