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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”.
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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”.

Extremist Islamic group damage another UNESCO site in Timbuktu, Mali

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This last incident, is one of several recent attack against UNESCO World Heritage sites in that area.

IRNIA BOKOVA
UNESCO Director General

"There are mausoleums, there are mosques, manuscripts which represent an enormous value for humanity, and it’s totally unacceptable what is happening there.”
Timbuktu is in the West African state of Mali. Since the 12th century, it has been considered the cradle of Islamic learning. Especially since thousands of Islamic manuscripts and texts have been found there.

In 1988, it was declared a World Heritage site. In fact, just days before the attacks began, it was added to the list of landmarks that run the risk of  not having proper conservation. Now UNESCO is trying to rally support to stop the attacks.

IRNIA BOKOVA
UNESCO Director General

"It's mobilizing international support of political and religious leaders.”

The rebel group argues that the shrines promote idol worshiping.

This unrest in Northern Mali, comes after former president Amadou Toumani was ousted by a military coup last March. Since then, rebels and Islamic groups have been fighting to seize control of the area.

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