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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”.

'The Pope and I': John Paul II, according to his Jewish childhood friend

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That young friendship is the basis of a book titled 'The Pope and I.” Its author, Gianfranco De Simone, describes how after the war, the young boys thought that the other had been killed. But years later their paths crossed again, when Wojtyla was elected Pope. In fact, his first private audience was granted to his Jewish friend. 

GIANFRANCO DE SIMONE
Author, "The Pope and I"
"Many of the good deeds that defined John Paul II as a child, he later exemplified as Pope. Things like the  defense of the Jews, considering them 'brothers'. Also the Polish phrase Starsi Bracia, which means older brothers. It's a phrase the Pope used as a small boy.”

One of the most moving moments in the book, describes how one day, the young Jewish boy walked into a church and waited for Karol as he was praying. That's when a woman scolded the young Jew for being inside a church. 

GIANFRANCO DE SIMONE
Author "The Pope and I"
"At that time, Lolek, as he was nicknamed, raised his voice, turned toward the woman saying 'doesn't she known that we are all children of the same God'? He then turned to his friend and said, Jews and Catholics pray to the same God.”

Kluger died on December 2011, at the age of 90. But he remembered how throughout this pontificate, John Paul II worked to improve the relations between Jews and Christians.  In April 1986 he became the first pope to visit a synagogue. Then in 1994, his work triggered official diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel. 


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