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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”.
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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.

How have the numbers in German Catholics changed during papacy of Benedict XVI?

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Now five years later, the pope returns to Germany to visit Berlin, Erfurt, and Freiburg over four days.

Germany has a population around 82 million people. In 2005 there were 27 and a half million German Catholics, making up 31% of the population. The number of total Catholics has decreased to 24 and a half million, but as a percentage of the population has risen to 33%.  Likewise, the number of parishes has dropped by more than a 1000, leaving just over 11,000.

The number of German bishops has bumped up to 113 from 105. While the number of priests has gone down by over 1000, making just over 17,000 priests currently serving.

There has however been a large spike in the number of students attending Catholic schools and universities. In 2005 there were around 17,000. Today there is over 25 and a half thousand students in Catholic schools.

There has also been an increase of over 200 Catholic nursing homes bringing the total to just over 2,800. While Catholic hospitals have dropped by almost 100, leaving 444 working hospitals.


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