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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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.

Who governs the Vatican during the Sede Vacante?

2013-02-21

The first and most important is the Camerlengo, currently held by Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. He will temporarily take over control of the Vatican's every day affairs. However, for more important matters, usually brought to the Pope, they must be presented to the College of Cardinals during general congregations, which take place every day leading up to the conclave.

JUAN IGNACIO ARRIETA
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
February 16, 2004
"Afterward, between them, there are three cardinals, in addition to and led by the Camerlengo, that form a particular congregation. They execute the decisions taken by the general congregation formed by all the cardinals.”

The second position is the Major Penitentiary, held by Portuguese Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro. His task includes the absolution of major sins, such as a priest who breaks their seal of confession, or granting indulgences.

The third position is the Vicar General of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini. As the Pope usually tends to the entire Catholic Church, he appoints a Vicar General to take care of the faithful in Rome. The pastoral work continues even when there is no Bishop of Rome (Pope).

During the papal vacancy, no laws can be created or changed. Any matters that can be held off will be done so, until the new Pope takes the helm of the Catholic Church.


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