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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”.

College of Cardinals still largely European body

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The next largest geographic area represented, or rather, misrepresented, in the College of Cardinals is Latin America. Despite having half of the world's Catholic population, only 19 Latin American cardinals vote in the conclave. The two largest Catholic countries in the world, Brazil and Mexico, will have five and three representatives respectively.

North America has 14 papal electors, with the United States dominating that list. It's an unusually high proportion given that the two countries' combined Catholic population (81 million) is much less than that of Mexico alone (101 million). Most of the 11 American cardinals come from the country's largest archdioceses. Two of the three Canadian cardinals come from traditionally Catholic, French-speaking Quebec.

Africa, the fastest growing region for the Catholic Church, will have 11 delegates in the conclave. They all come from separate corners of the continent. Only Nigeria, the most populous African country, has two participating cardinals. Nearly all of them come from countries with substantial Muslim populations, including four where they make up an absolute majority.

The remaining 11 cardinals come from Asia and the Pacific. Five of them are from India alone. However, the Indian cardinals represents three separate Churches: the Roman, Syro-Malabara and the Syro-Malankara Catholic Churches. The Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon will also be represented among the Asian cardinals. Another two come from Communist countries (Vietnam and China), while the lone representative from Oceania comes from Australia.

Not included in this list are two cardinals that have said they will not take part in the conclave. One is from Indonesia and the other from Scotland.


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