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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

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”.
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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.

What is a Doctor of the Church?

2012-10-05

PROF. LUIGI BORRIELLO
Theological Faculty Teresianum
"The first is the sanctity of life. The person has to be a saint. The second is that their life and doctrine be orthodox. The third is the so called 'eminent doctrine' which must be qualified. It must bring something to the world of faith, like deepening our understanding of one or many truths.”

On some occasions, the Pope can also grant a special title to a Doctor of the Church. For example, St. Albert the Great is is known as 'Doctor Universalis.'  St. Thomas Aquinas, is the 'Angelic Doctor' and St. Therese of Lisieux, is 'Doctor Amoris.'

Before being named, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, examine the candidate's theology. Then they pass on their recommendations to the Pope, who has the final say.

In fact, currently the Vatican is studying the life and works of various saints to see if they can  be  Doctors of the Church.

PROF. LUIGI BORRIELLO
Theological Faculty Teresianum

"St. Julian of Norwich, who was a 14th century English mystic. Also Veronica Giuliani, St. John Bosco, Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, St. Ignatius of Loyola and others.”

Currently there are 33 Doctors of the Church, but on October 7th the number will rise to 35, when St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen, are named.


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