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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”.

Anglicans searching far and wide to find replacement for Archbishop of Canterbury


Father Jonathan Boardman is the archdeacon of Rome's All Saints Church. In the search for a new Anglican Primate, he says that having transparency may be a good thing for the Church.

Fr. Jonathan Boardman
Chaplain, All Saints Church
"Absolutely bizarrely, but some people have said and rather too politically correctly, the position was advertised, but in this age when people want to see that access is open, one might say you can defend it in that way.”

The Primate is elected by a council called the Crown Nominations' Commission, or the CNC. It has 16 members that come from the Church, government, and civil society.

The council will select two names, one with a 'preferred' status to be rubber stamped by Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of the Queen.

The Anglican community is very divided with many groups being split on how the Church should approach many social issues. The CNC will have to take this into consideration when voting for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Fr. Jonathan Boardman
Chaplain, All Saints Church
"Clearly there will be interests across the board of disagreement about gay marriage, gay ordination, woman’s ordination, that will all be in the pot, there will be people all representing those interested positions.”

These points of conflict make the job of leading the Anglican Church especially difficult, but it's something that most followers believe must be addressed.

Fr. Jonathan Boardman
Chaplain, All Saints Church
"The new primate will undoubtedly have to be sensitive to the fact that division exists and it will be completely ridiculous to deny that it exists, it does exist.”

Father Boardman says that the process of nominating a new primate is completely open to the public, but he assures that he's not interested in the position.

Fr. Jonathan Boardman
Chaplain, All Saints Church
"People can write in names, anybody can propose somebody. So if anybody feels like proposing me, I don’t want the job.”

Archbishop Rowan Williams will leave office this December. So far, among the leading candidates are the Ugandan-born Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, the 52-year-old Bishop Christopher Cocksworth, and the 54-year-old Bishop Steven Croft.

However, a decision is not expected to be announced until after Archbishop Williams has left his post.