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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.

December 2012: Pope launches new twitter account

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One of December¡s highlights was the Pope's audience with circus performers. Hundreds of clowns, trapezists, and majorettes took over Vatican City. The pope met with them, and as a gift they performed for him. The audience even featured a special appearance by a lion cub. 


Another big announcement happened in early December, when the Pope unveiled his new Popemobile. It's more secure and allows better views of the pontiff. He took his first ride through Rome for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. 

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"It reminds us that the power of God's love is stronger than evil. It can fill all the gaps provoked by people's selfishness, families, nations and the world.” 

At the end of the month, the Pope declared former pontiff Paul VI as venerable, clearing the way for his beatification within one or two years. He was the pope that closed off the Second Vatican Council, and he named Joseph Ratzinger archbishop of Munich, and created him cardinal. 

For Christmas, the Pope gave thanks to a southern Italian city for donating a spruce Christmas tree. It features prominently on St. Peter's Square. Benedict XVI took that time to remind everyone of the significance of the tree. 

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"God made man and has been among us to disperse the shadows of error and sin, leaving mankind its divine light. This light, which is symbolized by the tree, has not waned as the centuries and millenniums go by, instead it continues to glow among us to light up each man that comes into the world.” 

This Christmas will also be a bit more austere at the Vatican. The city-state announced new measure to manage expenses. An an example, this year's Nativity set was sponsored by a city, and not by the Vatican. 


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