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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”.

Late Fr. José María Arrizmendiarrieta: Helping the economy through Christian values


Postulator Commission, José María Arrizmendiarrieta

“The vision of Fr. Jose Maria was that of dignity and equal treatment for all workers, solidarity, cooperation: values that favored not only personal development, but also worked in favor of growth in business.”

The Mondragon Cooperative shows how to combine economic interests and solidarity. It is a business project that focuses on the application of Christian values in the company, without neglecting profitability. The cooperative operates on some basic principles: all workers have a say, all employees have the same rights and elect the directors. At the same time, the differences in wages are limited in order to avoid instances of unjust disparities.

Postulator Commission, José María Arrizmendiarrieta

“There is a type of solidarity in the policies of determining wage differences - in particular1 to 6, when in the multinational companies that can be from 1 to 200, or even 1 to 1000. There is a culture of cooperation, compared to a culture of confrontation which is typical in conventional businesses.”

The Mondragon Cooperative is trying to solve the economic crisis without a human cost. It encourages the protect of the common good versus individual benefits.

Postulator Commission, José María Arrizmendiarrieta

“In bad times, the concept of solidarity, for example, has required cooperative workers to be willing to give up a significant part of their compensation, which is sometimes 20 to 25 percent, in order to avoid layoffs of permanent staff.”

The Mondragon Cooperative has more than 83,000 employees and annual revenues in excess of 15 billion euros.