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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.

Cardinals take vow of secrecy, during their first general congregation meeting


The worldwide media waited for them outside the Vatican, but surrounded by journalists, cameras and microphones, the cardinals didn't say much.

"I don't remember anything. It's all canceled.”

"It was a time for prayer and  meditation.”

"I will speak through my silence.”

"I will not say anything. I'm sorry, goodbye.”

Some cardinals are holding press conferences, to discuss general matters of the Church in general, but no specifics. Today a group of American Cardinals talked about the Conclave and by when they would like to elect the next Pope.

Archbishop of Chicago (USA)

"The only outside limit that's in the back of all our minds is Holy Week. We'd like to be done before Holy Week starts. Have a Pope so we can go back to our diocese. I'm sure all of us are thinking about that.”

Of the 115 cardinals who are eligible to vote in the coming conclave, 103 have arrived, the other 12 are expected to arrive by Monday afternoon or Tuesday.