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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”.

Reproducing the Trees from the Mount of Olives

2012-10-23

FR. PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA
Custodian of the Holy Land
"These olive trees, they are about 1,000 years old. We've been able to prove this through the trunk, the wood and also through the tradition of the Church. The trees were there before the time of the Middle Ages. What we see is that ancient Christian communities preserved these trees in a special way."

The trees are in good condition, considering they were planted roughly 2,000 years ago.  The study reveals that these eight trees have the same origin and DNA.

ANTONIO CIMATO
Coordinator Scientific Investigation
"It was difficult to identify the units or pieces that could be useful in the investigation. Especially since many of them didn't have a trunk. Now we are planning of taking the investigation even further in the Mount of Olives.”

With the help of technology, scientists want to reproduce those eight olive trees within ten to twenty years. Organizers say it's a unique way to preserve the Garden that witnessed the suffering of Jesus.


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