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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”.

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.

Vatican's Head of Family Council, says his words about homosexuals were manipulated


During a press conference, he said the Church in general, opposes any unfair discrimination, including that of homosexuals.   

He was then asked if the Church supports any types of gay unions, other than marriage, like civil unions or common law rights.

The Archbishop made a clear distinction. He said the individual rights of all people must be respected. But when it comes to marriage, he said the actual institution of marriage cannot be  recognized simply because of strong emotional ties. He added that alternative legal measures-not marriage -could be considered.

President, Pont. Council for the Family

"I agree that we need to avoid all discrimination.  I think the solutions can be found in dealing with the civil code. Whether it's at a patrimonial level, or at a level that facilitates things, and prevents injustices against the weak.  It's something we have to reflect on. I want to highlight that these measures should be based on individual rights.”

In recent months other comments of senior Vatican officials have also been misinterpreted, often times reducing their answers to a simple  "condemnation” of same sex marriage. Even the words of the Pope have been misinterpreted, creating confusion.

JMB @javiermbrocal /  KLH
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