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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”.

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.

Second phase of the 'Vatileaks trial” begins


Sciarpelletti is not accused of being an accomplice. Rather, he is accused of hindering the investigation. His request to remain anonymous was granted, and no cameras were allowed inside the courtroom.

Back in May, officers  discovered that Sciarpelletti had a document which dealt with the Vatican's police department. Apparently, that same text had been published alongside other confidential documents.

Vatican spokesman

 "The more accurate accusation is that he caused problems in the investigation. He gave different explanations as to why those documents were on his desk. But in this case, complicity is not mentioned.”

His lawyer attempted to demonstrate that the technician was not a close friend of the butler, therefore he had no interest in protecting him.

After being detained last May, Sciarpelletti was under the custody of Vatican police for a day.
If found guilty, he could be sentenced up to a year in prison.

JMB @ javierMbrocal /KLH
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