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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”.
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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.

Searching for historical details on the life of Mary of Nazareth

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Experts agree, that details on the life of Mary are very limited. So learning more about her,  can be quite challenging. She's mentioned in the Bible in key moments of Jesus' life, beginning with His birth. Hesemann believes the star that led Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is not simply symbolic. He believes it's based on facts that can be traced back. 

MICHAEL HESEMANN
Historian, Journalist (Germany)
"In March 5 B.C supernova appeared in the constellation of the Eagle, according to Chinese and Korean Astronomical books.”

But even before Bethlehem, the Bible describes the Annunciation, where Angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that through the power of the Holy Spirit, she will bear the Son of God.  Hasemann says that can also be based on historical Judaism, since back then, wives could choose to not be intimate with their husbands. 

MICHAEL HESEMANN
Historian, Journalist (Germany)
"The option that a woman, even a married woman keeps her oath of celibacy if her husband does not officially disagree. So, if the husband stays silent and accepts it. She can remain celibate even in marriage.”

So Hesemann says that even though some argue the Bible is based on pious inventions to fulfill the Prophecies, history and culture show otherwise. 


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