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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.

WYD Madrid 2011: Who's in the plane with the pope?

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Also accompanying the pope on the plane will be Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. And for WYD, more than 800 bishops will participate.

Next to the Pope is always his personal secretary Georg Gänswein. In case of an emergency, Alfred Xureb, the second secretary stays in the Vatican.

Also on the plane are Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as well as Substitute of the Secretariat of State, Giovanni Becciu and Guido Marini, master of liturgical celebrations.

Next to the pope is his personal doctor Patrizio Polisca and his assistant Paolo Gabriele.

Fifty five journalist from all over the world will also be on the plane. The director of the Vatican Press office Federico Lombardi, will be there to answer any questions.

A selected group of security agents from the Vatican will also be there as well as members of the Swiss Guard. They will all ensure the safety of the Pope on and off the plane.

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