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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.

Figures of the Church: 15 million new Catholics in 2010

2012-10-16

In the Church there are 5,104 bishops, which is 39 more than in 2009. Also increasing, are the number of priests. During 2010 there were 1,643 new priests. So the total figure stood at 412,236. However, there was not an increase in all continents. For example, Europe had 905 fewer priests than in the previous year.

Also, the total number of non-ordained religious dropped to 436 and stood at 54,665. The number increased in all continents except in the Americas. In addition,  the number of catechists rose to over 3 million, a figure that is considered key to the Year of Faith.

In the social sphere, the Catholic Church serves more than 5,300 hospitals, 18,000 clinics, 17,000 nursing homes, 547 leprosy centers and 15,300  marriage consulting centers.

In the education sector, the number of nursery schools run by the Church increased by more than 2,000 from 68,119 to 70,544. The number of primary schools decreased by 124 from  92,847 to 92,723 with 30 million alumni, but secondary education increased its presence with over 1,000 new institutes, from 42,495 to 43,591 with 17 million students.


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