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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”.

Cardinal Koch: “We can't be Catholic and not accept the Second Vatican Council”


Card. Kurt Koch
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, President 
“It is clear that I cannot speak publicly about what we speak about in this sense. It is clear, we must prepare something. In the end, the Holy Father decides.”

The terms of a possible reconciliation are reportedly triggering a division among the Society of St. Pius X. Apparently, three of the four bishops from the group do not agree with the terms of the reconciliation, which among other things include having legitimate discussions on the document formulations of the Second Vatican Council. 

The main problem though, is that for years, the traditionalist group has not accepted the Second Vatican Council nor the Magisterium that has followed. 

Card. Kurt Koch
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, President 
“We cannot be Catholic and not accept the Vatican Council and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, after the Second Vatican Council.”

It was believed that the Vatican would issue its response by the end of May, but now that date is unknown.