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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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”.

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.

Authors publish book to help priests and nuns deal with stress



Author, Preti e suore oggi 
"As with any helping profession, being a priest or nun can be stressful because you are often dealing with others' problems, their confessions, their worries and all their troubles. They must absolve their issues. It's a very important position, and as with other helping profession there's always a risk getting burn out if you're not prepared.” 

To help, Fabrizio Mastrofini and Giuseppe Crea published the book Priests On the Couch, on how to recognize and prevent these types of problems. 

Author, Preti e suore oggi 
"There's a need to find balanced people to work for others. This is the main point. We must not be afraid to recognize problems, we all have them and overcome them. Those who work with others are also susceptible to develop problems.” 

The authors suggest a "culture of prevention” of these problems, to be alert and watch out for symptoms of stress. 

Author, Preti e suore oggi 
"There are specific clinical protocols and tests for it. But you can often tell who they are because they're unhappy with their job. The live with great weight on their shoulders, unable to bare it much.”

The book aims to help identify and deal with stress-related issues for those that help others. It seeks to avoid those issues from becoming a source of strain within the Church community.