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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”.

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien mourns situation of Christians in Jesus' Land


Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"Thirty or forty percent, but  most of the people have fled because of the pressures there.  There are no jobs, they can´t travel, great repression in that part of the world and it´s a shame.”

American Cardinal Edwin O'Brien visited the Holy Land on December 1st, under his new role of Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.  He says, Israel's plans to set up 30,000 new settlements will complicate things even further with Palestinians.  

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"The more that that land is taken away from them and settlements, permanent settlements are built up, it´s going to be virtually impossible to envision a free Palestinian state.”

Precisely to help that small, but vivid Christian community, more than 30,000 members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre dedicate their time, knowledge and resources. Their donations help fund 45 schools and more than 60 parishes and several orphanages in the Holy Land.

He says one of the biggest challenges is actually having an open debate about the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"For some reason we can´t openly debate these things in the United States where we´re afraid to be accused of anti antisemitism, but the discussion in Israel among the Jewish people is much livelier.”

In the meantime, O'Brien says visits from outside pilgrims help out this Christian community, not just financially, but emotionally.

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"The midnight Mass is something that is  known world wide, that´s a sign for Christians that there is still life in the Church, there is concern for them on the part of the Church Universal.”

Even though challenges do exist, Cardinal O'Brien says he made sure this small community of Christians knows it's not forgotten...