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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”.

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.

A look at the Second Vatican Council and the New Evangelization


Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome)

"In the long history of the Church, 50 years is really not that much.  Fifty years later the council is still a work in progress.”

University of Navarra (Spain)

"We looked into the ecumenical aspect of the Second Vatican Council. Also, the reform of the liturgy and the Church, and the mystery of the Church through the Second Vatican Council.”

University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

"The Council decided on some very important points about the liturgy. The reform of the liturgy and the renewal and the establishment of the Church, like 'Lumen Gentium' and freedom of religion.  Also, the important pastoral constitution on the government of the Church.”

And then, a key document of Vatican II, titled 'Nostra Aetate' was also discussed. The document looked into the Church’s relationship with non-Christians.

Antonianum Pontifical University (Rome)

"Less than 20 years after the end of World War II and the Holocaust, the Church was thinking of new ways of relating with people, a new way of relating to Jews. That’s why it developed a declaration on its relationship with the Jewish community. But really "Nostra Aetate” deals with the relationship between Church and non-Christians in general.”

The conference was sponsored Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich. The two day conference was also a way to get ready for the coming year of faith.