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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

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The government of the Order of Malta will elect in April the successor of the Grand Master

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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

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Mexico: Where the 'Day of the Dead' is marked with a celebration


Mexican Community in Rome
"It's really not something nostalgic. It's more about remembering those who are no longer with us. So as a way to remember them we place items they liked when they were here on earth. It's a way to remember that their spirit is still with us.”

All the things that person enjoyed in life are represented on the altar. From food and beer, to pictures and books. Usually, there are plenty of skulls made out of sugar. It's a tradition goes back to the Aztec culture. In time it was combined with Catholicism. Now at the center of the altar is the cross, representing heaven.

Mexican Community in Rome
"The Aztecs believed that life is not just here on Earth. They believed that after death there is an afterlife. So even though the body of  our loved one's is no longer with us,  their spirit is.”

According to tradition, it's during this time, that the spirit of the dead come back to Earth, to comfort those who miss them. It's not seen as something to fear, but rather as a reunion. But now some are concerned the tradition will  slowly fade away.

Mexican Community in Rome
"Unfortunately this type of celebrations are seen less and less in Mexico. I think it's being replaced with the Halloween concept, which is a shame. I hope the tradition grows strong, so it can continue, because if we stop celebrating this it will completely stop. It will be a tradition that won't come back.”

Interestingly, the altar doesn't just include items  that spirits can enjoy on Earth. It also includes things that will facilitate their journey back to Heaven.