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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.

St. Carmen Sallés, an advocate of high quality education for women


"Back then the role of women was to be at home. But she wanted to give these women a solid religious formation, that would go far beyond a rocking chair and knitting, so to speak. To develop their solid faith and culture in all orders.”

To achieve this goal, she became the director of a school in Barcelona, where she developed training programs for workers. Despite the progress, she was both admired and criticized for promoting education among women.

"She would often say that education comes as second nature. To achieve promising goals, there must be good principles in place.”

While teaching in the classroom, she gathered support from a group of followers. Shortly after, the Conceptionists Missionary Sisters of Education was born. Now it runs schools in four continents.

"She went through all types of  hardships. From the economical, to critics both within the Church and in society. However she had hope and she believed that something better is always possible.  In fact, the motto for her canonization is: Forward, always forward, God will provide.”

To be canonized, it must be proven that a miracle was granted through the intercession of the candidate. This miracle deals with a 3 year old girl, who was paralyzed due to a serious illness.  

"The result of the MRI showed a serious brain condition. She could have died or be disabled for life. Doctors said that over a long period of time, there was a chance of recovery with medication and therapy.”

Her classmates began praying to Carmen Sallés. The girl was  completely cured after only 10 days. Her cure, was complete, immediate, and lasting, without any scientific explanation. That little girl has now grown to be a young woman, who will be present during Salles' canonization.