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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”.

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.

St. Joseph Calasanctius: The Saint who founded the first free public school for the poor


"And when he died, even those who persecuted him said, 'he will be a saint'. His room was locked  and since then, no one else has lived there. It has remained  unchanged. They also took an inventory of all his things.”

From the furniture, to the ceilings, the windows and the floors are all original. In fact, several of his personal items were left intact. Like his  glasses, his prayer book, the chalice and  distinctive hat. Even his silverware and even pens and imprints he used to write thousands of letters. 

"Even if it's only to see see his office and see the oil used in his small lamp. The same one he used to write so many letters. We have about five thousand of his letters. He led the entire Order, from this his office.”

Tradition says that the Virgin appeared before him in this room. The Order is also known for being the first to take a fourth vow to educate and teach. 

Then there are the relics of St. Jose de Calasanz which of  course have a special meaning to members of this Order. His heart which honors his charity, his tongue represents his love for teaching. His head, symbolizes all his studies and his spleen, which represents his humility.