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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”.

Latin: A 'dead language' that's still alive

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We may not realize it, but Latin, or at least a few words in Latin, are still used frequently.  It's heard in phrases like 'alter ego' and 'per capita.' When it comes to individual words, there's 'Idem,' 'deficit,' and even 'etcetera.' But we decided to take it one step further, asking people what Latin words or phrases they know.  

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"Carpe Diem. Tempus fugit. Virtus in media”. "Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant. De gustibus non disputandum est. Verba volant, scripta manent.”."Habemus Papam. Quod non fecerunt barbari, facerunt barberini.”. "Senatus populusque romanus.”. "Mens sana in corpore sano.”. "Alea iacta est”."Memento audere semper”."Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant”."Carpe diem”. "In vino veritas”. "Habemus Papam”. "Senatus populusque romanus”
 
All the official documents of the Vatican are published in Latin. In fact, back in 1997, the Vatican listed a modern Latin vocabulary which included more than 15,000 neologisms.

Ironically, for some entrepreneurs, going back to these Latin roots, is seen as something fresh and modern. For example, instead of saying macaroni, some chefs say 'pasta tubulata,' popcorn is 'máizae grana tosta.' In the world of sports, a mountain bicycle is a 'bírota montna' and a  parachute, 'umbrella descensória.' Even though its an ancient language, there is of course, also a term for computer, called 'instrumentum computatórium.'


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