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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”.

Russian Orthodox immigrants find a home in Rome


Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria

"It's symbolic because we see here that it opens onto a beautiful view of Saint Peter's and from there you can see Saint Catherine's. Many Russians, Russian tourists come here saying 'we saw this church from St. Peter's'. It is a beautiful symbol of relations between the two churches.”

But beside the symbolic force this church carries in Rome, these two Churches have moved closer together through the forces of globalization allowing them to find that Catholics and Russian Orthodox share many things in common.

Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria

"What unites us is clear, it's our common roots, the apostolic succession, our common history and above all our positions on many issues of life coincide. Now, on some things we share points of view that are exactly the same.”

The church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria is the second Russian Orthodox Church in Rome. With its completion, it ends a project that began in the nineteenth century under the last Russian Tsar, however the country's communist revolution brought an end to its construction. Those who were faithful to the Church were forced to go underground.

Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria

"Immigrants who fled Russia during the civil war opened a church here, which still exists and is located in a residential building. It's not visible from the outside and you would never imagine that there is a church there. And this new church was built as a continuation of that old idea of having a true church here with domes and everything else.”

In this new church, many of the faithful who come here arrive from countries that were part of the former Soviet Union. They can now gather in a church that is completely built, to follow many of their traditions such as baptisms and celebrating Mass.