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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.

Benedict XVI to appoint six new cardinals. How many has he appointed so far?

2012-10-24

BENEDICT XVI
“These are the names of the new cardinals: Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Prefect of the Papal Household, with the intent of naming him Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. His Beatitude, Béchara Boutros Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon), His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankarese (India). Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria), Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, Archbishop of Bogotá (Colombia), Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines).”

With these six new appointments the number of cardinal electors, will reach 120. Cardinals within this group are younger than 80, since they get to vote in an eventual conclave.

Those numbers though will soon change. By the end of 2012,  there will be 119 cardinal electors and by December 2013, the number will be 109.

One of the new cardinals, Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, who is 53, will actually be the youngest in the College of Cardinals. 

The coming consistory this November will be the fifth of Benedict XVI.  With these new appointments the Pope will have named 84 cardinals during his seven years as Pope. From that group 67 are still cardinal electors. Seventeen of them are not, since they are 80 or older.


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