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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”.

Who has access to the Papal Apartment?


Four consecrated women, who are also members of the Communion and Liberation movement are in charge of domestic chores. There's also the Pope's two secretaries, Alfred Xuereb and Georg Gänswein. 

In his book, the Pope talks about celebrating daily Mass with them everyday. Normally they eat lunch together, watch the news an sometimes see a movie.

The Pope's butler, 46 year old Paolo Gabrielle also lived nearby, within Vatican walls. He too was in the Pope's close circle. He attended early Mass with the Pope at 7 am, before serving him breakfast, lunch and dinner.

He was also in charge of making sure that everything was in order at the Pope's apartment. His main responsibility was to assist the Pope throughout his day.

Other regular visitors who are able to come and go from the Papal apartments are the commander of the Swiss Guard, Daniel Rudolf Anrig, the inspector general of the Vatican police, Domenico Giani and the Pope's personal doctor, Patrizio Polisca.

Most recently, the three cardinals who were commissioned to investigate the leaks have also had access to the apartment. The cardinals include, Julián Herránz, Jozef Tomko and Salvatore de Giorgi. In fact, Benedict XVI personally granted them access as they took on the investigation.