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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

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Worldwide justice ministers meet in Rome to discuss abolition of death penalty

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MARCO IMPAGLIAZZO
President, Community of Saint Egidio

"The number of death sentences has luckily diminished throughout the world. But the numbers are still too high, 5,000 executions in 2011. This type of justice does not work because it does not give life.”

The organizer, the Community of St. Egidio, is an ecumenical group recognized by the Catholic Church as a public lay association. They promote dialogue as a way to build peace, and also act as  mediators in international conflicts.

So far, 23 countries around the globe have abolished the death penalty. The group is convinced that, with support from the Vatican, that number will grow.

MARCO IMPAGLIAZZO
President, Community of Saint Egidio

"We work in complete collaboration with the Catholic Church, because this is a battle for life, and not for death. And although there are other battles for life, we feel we have the Church on our side, especially the Pope's word.”
 

One of the main goals of the conference is to convince other countries to sign on to a moratorium against capital punishment at the United Nations.

So far, the Community of Saint Egidio has partnered up with individual cities to show its support for life. Precisely to show support and unity, on November 30, over 1500 communities throughout the globe will light up their most famous landmarks.


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