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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”.

Saint Teresa of Avila, according to Benedict XVI


“Our catechesis today deals with Saint Teresa of Avila,the great sixteenth-century Carmelite reformer proclaimed a Doctor ofthe Church by Pope Paul VI. Teresa entered the Carmel in Avila at theage of twenty. Maturing in the spiritual life, she embraced the idealof a renewal of her Order and with the support of Saint John of theCross she founded a chain of reformed Carmels throughout Spain. Herhighly influential writings, which include the Autobiography, The Wayof Perfection and The Interior Castle, reveal her profoundchristocentric spirituality and her breadth of human experience.Teresa considered the evangelical and human virtues the basis of anauthentic Christian life. She identified deeply with Christ in hishumanity and stressed the importance of contemplation of his Passionand of his real presence in the Eucharist. Shepresents prayer as an intimate friendship with Christ leading to anever greater union of love with the Blessed Trinity. In her life andin her death Teresa embodied an unconditional love for the Church.May the example and prayers of Saint Teresa of Avila inspire us togreater fidelity to prayer and, through prayer, to greater love forthe Lord and his Church, and more perfect charity towards ourbrothers and sisters."