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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

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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”.
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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.

Jesuits fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa for over a decade

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This group of Jesuits is now present in 30 African countries after being founded in 2002. Its founder and first director is the Canadian priest Michael Czerny who says there are many levels to combating the virus.

Fr. Michael Czerny
Founder, AJAN

"There are many dimensions to AIDS impact on a community and so first of all you need to work with those who are vulnerable but not necessarily infected, you work with those who are infected, those who've then passed to the stage of AIDS, and then to all of those who are affected by AIDS.”

The stance of the Catholic Church against the use of condoms has been highly criticized by observers of the AIDS epidemic. However, at the same time the Church is one of the largest groups providing care to victims.

Fr. Michael Czerny
Founder, AJAN

"We explain the Church's position which is a much more holistic, and reasonable, and effective approach which doesn't cut corners and which doesn't enhance or promote disrespect between people.”

Pregnant mothers infected with HIV can receive a shot to ensure the virus won't be passed on to the child during birth. The shot costs around 100 dollars compared to the estimated 300,000 dollars a government spends throughout the lifetime of someone living with HIV.

Father Czerny notes that the human side of living with AIDS in Africa is removed when victims are turned into numbers.

Fr. Michael Czerny
Founder, AJAN

"I think from the outside we tend to use many zeros, we talk about huge numbers and alarming trends and we lose touch or we never get into touch for what it means for the individual, for the family, for the community, and finally for the country.”

These Jesuits are aware that the call for more assistance to AIDS victims is not something new. They fear that it's losing importance on the agenda of world priorities. However, they continue their services of counseling, home-based care, education, as well as economic and medical support.


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