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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.

May 2012: Pope's butler arrested for stealing papal documents

2012-12-27

CORONEL DANIEL ANRIG 

"We, as free men, provide volunteer service to the Holy Church.” 

FR. ALAIN DE RAEMY 
Chaplain, Pontifical Swiss Guard 
"The Lord asks each one of you if you swear to serve faithfully, loyally and honorably the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI.”  

The new guards salute the flag with a curious gesture; they raise three fingers to symbolize the Trinity.  

Benedict XVI traveled to the Italian region of Tuscany to visit Arezzo. Despite the wind and rain, thousands of people from across the country joined him. The Pope asked them to remain faithful to their Christian tradition. 

BENEDICT XVI 
"Be ferment in society, be present as Christians, be active and coherent. With its centuries-old history, the City of Arezzo summarizes significant expressions of culture and values.” 

A book's publication deepened the Vatileaks scandal, highlighting the massive leak of papal documents. They did not contain controversial content, but rather confidential reports that questioned the trust behind the Pope's entourage. 

Several days later, the investigation started bearing results and the Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested. The trial against the butler started at the end of September. Benedict XVI was unable to hide his suffering by what was going on. 

BENEDICT XVI 
"Events in recent days regarding the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness to my heart,” though, he continued, "the firm conviction that despite human weakness, despite the difficulties and trials, the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit.” 

The Pope welcomed the president of Bulgaria during a general audience, who's highlight was a one-of-a-kind gift. During Holy Week, many were surprised to see a large, chocolate Easter Egg. This time around, the gift was a jewelry piece measuring more than 6 feet tall. 

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano gave Benedict a concert as a gift to celebrate the seventh year of his pontificate. For the first time, Director Riccardo Muti conducted an orchestra before the Pope. 


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