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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”.

WYD Rio is six months away, but organizers say it's already having an effect on the youth


The registration period is still open. Organizers say, at this point they're expecting more people than WYD in Madrid, where about 1.5 million people attended. 

About 60,000 volunteers have already signed up and the number is expected to reach 70,000.
Since September 2011
when the WYD cross began its international journey, about 4 million young Brazilians have prayed before it.

Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro

"Right now the Youth Cross is traveling all over Brazil, really through all its dioceses as a way to invite young people to Rio de Janeiro. There's also a monthly vigil in the city to pray for World Youth Day.”

Director, Pastoral Preparation and Catechesis WYD Rio 2013

"We have many other big venues that are coming, like the World Cup of Soccer and the Olympic Games. So World Youth Day will open these big events, and now I think we have all the cooperation that we need.”

At this point organizers say they have about 200,000 sites to accommodate and house some of the pilgrims. Since registration is still open, they expect those numbers to increase before the big day.

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