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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”.

A 'Sistine Chapel' of the Roman forum


Archaeological area (Rome)
"It was a way to teach the illiterate, those who had no access to the Bible, to relate to God and know the history of the Church. By seeing these frescoes, one could understand how to approach God and the virtuous example of the saints. So, comparing it to the Sistine Chapel, as a fresh narrative type, is absolutely relevant.”

But back then, several of the Byzantine art was destroyed by the iconoclasts, who opposed religious art.  So now that makes the art inside this church that much more special. Right in the heart of the Roman Forum, it's a true  treasure of the Byzantine era.

Archaeological area (Rome)
"In these frescoes there is a link that connects them to medieval Byzantine art. Sometimes, we tend to compare them to Chinese art, meaning expressionless and motionless, but it's not really the case. From one century to another one begins to see gestures, expressions, the use of the contour line. Then that same image shows movement and is no longer a fixed point as was the case before.”
An earthquake that struck in the IX century buried part of the Church. But the frescoes  remained intact and have survived the test of time.

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