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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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”.

Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Cardinal Saraiva Martins optimistic about the beatification of Paul VI and John Paul I


Card. José Saraiva Martins
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
"The cause for the beatification of Paul VI is going very well, the case is being advanced and we only need to study it. On John Paul I, the process of beatification is also going very well.”

According to Cardinal Martins, they have received many claims by people who say they received an intercession on behalf of these popes. However, it's still very early in the process for a miracle to be confirmed. Many of them are currently being studied by experts in medicine and theology.

Cardinal Martins was personally acquainted with both of these popes, who are now candidates for sainthood.

Card. José Saraiva Martins
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
"For me, the main characteristic of Paul VI was his great fidelity to the Church, and the courage to manage the Council, which was not easy.”

It was actually Cardinal Martins who opened the case of beatification for John Paul I in his hometown of Canale d'Agordo in November of 2003. He recently returned to the village to celebrate the anniversary of the pope.

Card. José Saraiva Martins
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
"Two weeks ago I was in Canale d'Agordo, the birthplace of John Paul I, because they celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth.”

It's still too early to talk about a specific date for beatification, but it could possibly take place during the Year of Faith, which will by celebrated the same time as the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, for which both of these popes were present.