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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”.

Unique Sabbatical program in Rome


Director, Institute for Continuing Theological Education, North American College (Rome)

 "For example to all the Papal Basilicas, to the Catacombs, museums. We spend a week in the Holy Land, we spend a week in Assisi as well.”

Fun is part of it, but mostly it's about ongoing spiritual formation. The sabbatical is offered by the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Since the goal is to renew and strengthen their faith, there is no better place for that, than in Rome, at the very heart of Christianity.

Pastor, St. Joseph's Church (USA)

"We don't do people any favors when we sit there and say I'm going to tough it out and I'm just going to work work work. Jesus himself says, and he says to the apostles, come away with me to an out of the way place.”

Vocation Director and Director of Homeless Shelter (USA)

"Probably the greatest gift was that we were able to share our life. The highs and lows of our ministry as well as the opportunity to be able to share what is it that makes us priests today.”

The program began back in 1971, when the Second Vatican Council called for the ongoing theological and spiritual renewal of priests.

Director, Institute for Continuing Theological Education, North American College (Rome)

"With the shortage of priests, many parishes are one man parishes and there are so many  activities now with administration, that priests don't have time really  to devout to themselves.”

Pastor, St. Joseph's Church (USA)

"That's exactly what I'm looking forward to the most. To leave now and refresh others the way God has refreshed me.”

Over the years more than 2500 priests have attended the sabbatical. The program has become so popular that now in addition to the Fall and Spring semester, four additional modules will be added to welcome even more priests....and those extra laughs of course, will also be welcomed.