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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”.

Iran's ambassador to Holy See to take new position in Iranian Parliament


Ali Akbar Naseri
Ambassador of Iran to the Holy See
"I have been able to successfully improve bilateral relations, which was also recognized by the Vatican authorities. On the basis of my new role in the House of Parliament, I'll try to improve this bilateral relationship again, and I'm happy to do this.”

Iran has a population of 78 million people, 98% of which is Muslim. The remaining two percent is made up of Christians, Jews, Zoroastrian, and Bahai.

The country's protection of religious freedom has been criticized for allegedly allowing intimidation and harassment of religious minorities. However, Ambassador Naseri says that these reports do not accurately reflect the situation in his country.

Ali Akbar Naseri
Ambassador of Iran to the Holy See
"We promote the rights of citizens in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the rights of citizens are guaranteed. Also the rights of citizens of other religions are also guaranteed. Iran is a successful model for peaceful cohabitation for followers of different religions.” 

To insure that these religious minorities have a voice in government, the House of Parliament dedicates five seats for their representation.

Ali Akbar Naseri
Ambassador of Iran to the Holy See
"In Iran's House of Parliament, there are representatives from the Jewish and Christian communities. And I will work to collaborate with the representatives of these religious communities.”

Ambassador Naseri will return to his country just in time for the beginning of the parliament's session on May 27. His hope is that Iran's next ambassador will continue to improve inter-religious dialogue, something that has been a goal of both Iran and the Vatican ever since diplomatic relations were officially established some fifty years ago.

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