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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”.

Pierre-Marie Carré: “The New Evangelization and the Year of Faith go together”


Msgr. Pierre-Marie Carrè
Archbishop of Montpellier (France)

"In preparation for the synod, we had to summarize all of the Church experiences and questions, to understand the current situation. That has been done. Now the second step is to develop the working document called 'Instrumentum laboris'. The Italian version is ready but it still has to be translated into several languages. By early June, they will be available.”

The Synod will consider what initiatives have helped to meet the new challenges. It will also look into the concerns of those who have distanced themselves from religious practice.
The meeting coincides with the launch of the Year of the Faith, called for by Benedict XVI to commemorate 50 years of the Second Vatican Council.  

Msgr. Pierre-Marie Carrè
Archbishop of Montpelier (France)

"The Holy Father is very much in favor of the Year of the Faith because it has the same challenge. The New Evangelization means that faith is more alive, professed, celebrated, and truly lived. This year will bring us to the heart of faith with the catechism and the anniversary of Vatican II.”

Rather than focus on searching for strategies, the Synod for the New Evangelization will invite all Christians to renew and deepen their beliefs and pass them on to others. That meeting will be held in Rome from October 7th to the 28th.

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