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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 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”.

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.

Pontifical Gregorian University teaches about God through art


History & Culture Department, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

"To understand our own history correctly, it's very important to know the context, the roots of what we are. The Cultural Heritage of the Church is part of our tradition, but we have to understand them and take care of them.”

Universities generally teach students about different movements in art history and the methods and styles that each uses. With religious art, professors at the Gregorian make a special effort to explain exactly why a piece was created.

History & Culture Department, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

"A specific point of the training we give students is the ecclesial and theological perspective, even in non-Christian art. Many universities study the cultural heritage and the history of art. But here at the Gregorian, we provide an ecclesial and theological perspective  without which a work of Christian art can not be understood.”

When people talk about the New Evangelization, they generally associate it with the Internet and new technologies. However, those in cultural heritage believe the history of the Church can also play a role.

History & Culture Department, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

"I think it's important for dialogue with the world and to present the Christian message because most of the works of Christian art were created to teach about the message of the Gospel. We have a great opportunity for dialogue, also for the New Evangelization.”

Thanks to these lessons, students in Rome are learning how to transform normal visits to cathedrals and museums into real catechesis through masterpieces of art.