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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”.

What can Baghdad teach us about Interfaith dialogue?


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“Jewish scholars, Christians scholars and Muslim scholars, all of whom were speaking Arabic, and living within the world of Islam, nevertheless, were working together as scholars in many areas.”

So, precisely to discuss inter-religious dialogue, the Pontifical Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies organized a forum to talk about what people can learn from the way people lived in Baghdad back in the 10th century.  Scholars, would discuss philosophy, logic, sciences and of course religion.

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“The truth of their own religious position and the same time respecting others so its a notable era in the history of Muslim/Christian relations.”

But of course, this inter-religious relationship has also been through its moments of tension and debate. When it comes to looking toward the future, Professor Griffith says the Catholic Church and more specifically Vatican II played a key part.

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"When the fathers of that council commended to us that we recognize, those difficulties of the past, but that we leave them in the past and strive in the spirit of our worship of God.”

And when it comes to discussing these issues, in modern day times, Griffith says,  there is no better city to do so than Rome.