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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”.

Thousands of letters sent to John Paul II, shown at the 'Museum of Love Letters'


President, Association Papaboys (Italy)
"These letters tell a story of love and purity. They also have great spiritual beauty, because in these letters, the face of John Paul II is recognized as the face of Jesus.”

Roughly 18,000 letters that were sent to the Polish Pope are part of the exhibit. It's a way to show just how many people, from all walks of life, admired  and were affected by John Paul II. 

President, Association Papaboys (Italy)
"They represent all the colors of the world, all the colors that come together in St. Peter's Square. Some letters are written in Braille, some come from the Islamic world and  from people of other religions. There are even some, where we don't recognize the language.”

There are all types of letters, some long, others quite short. But still, they highlight just how many people were moved by the Pope, and his suffering, during the last moments of his life. 

President, Association Papaboys (Italy)
"What moved me most was a letter of a 17 year old teenager whose family is related to the Camorra family, which runs the mafia in the city of Naples. He asks for forgiveness for all the murders and pain his father has caused.”

The Museum opened its doors on October 16. A special date that commemorates the day that Karol Wojtyla was elected pope back in 1978. The letters will now be part of a permanent exhibition.

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