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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.

Vatican studies the life of Jacinto Vera, first possible saint from Uruguay


"I met this man who everyone said was holy. Everyone that knew him described him as a saint and I translated the text from his life into a novel. I felt the need to tell Jacinto's life so that, in the same way that his example had a strong impact on me, I wanted to share that experience with others.”

His biographer, Laura Alvarez, originally was not a believer, however, while writing the book, Vera's life brought her closer to faith.

"I was from a secular community, and I came from a family that was not Catholic by any sense, actually they were very much anticlerical. Then I came upon this Uruguayan saint, the first time I heard about him it caught my attention. I said 'no, this can't be, we could have other types of great characters in Uruguay, but the possibility of a saint was not as clear'.”

With his missionary journeys and by creating the first seminary in Uruguay, Jacinto Vera became a key figure in the history of the Catholic Church for the South American country.